Moeller Wins Again, Extends Three Streaks

01/18/2020

Posted on 1/18/2020 at 11:22 a.m.

La Salle Rallies In Second Half For Win Against St. Xavier
 
Junior  forward Alex Williams scored a game-high 21 points, converting four three-point goals and knocking down 9-of-11 free throws, to help Moeller take an early lead and post a 49-36 victory against Elder in a Greater Catholic League South Division game Friday night at the Brisben Family Education Center on Moeller’s Montgomery Road campus.  The win extends Moeller’s home winning streak to 41 games, its GCL South streak to 21 straight, and gave the state’s top-ranked Division I team 11 consecutive wins this season.
 
In Friday’s other GCL South game, La Salle rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit to emerge with a 50-47 win against St. Xavier last night at La Salle.  The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Bombers, who had not lost since a 49-43 setback at Lakota East back on December 3.  Senior guard Jaylen Lemons led La Salle with 16 points, with both the Lancers and St. Xavier remaining one game behind Moeller in the league standings after one-third of league play.
 
Moeller (12-1, 2-0 GCL South), the two-time defending DI state champion that retained its No. 1 spot in the second Associated Press state poll released Wednesday, relied on its defense to held Elder (7-5, 0-2), which managed five and four points, respectively, in the first and fourth quarters.  Moeller attempted only 23 field goals in the game, hitting 13, and no player besides Williams scored more than seven points.  Elder trailed only 26-21 at halftime by outscoring Moeller, 16-14, in the second quarter, and the Panthers twice had the ball down three late in the third quarter but were unable to get any closer.  Despite not sinking a field goal in the final eight minutes, Moeller knocked down nine free throws to extend its winning streaks.  Senior Willard Cluxton led Elder with 12 points.
 
Elder is the last GCL South team to defeat Moeller, winning 48-43 at The Pit in Price Hill on February 5, 2016.
 
La Salle, looking to even its league mark after a 45-43 loss to Moeller at home in its GCL South opener last Friday, worked its way back in the second half and finally took the lead for good at 41-40 midway through the fourth quarter on a basket by junior Justin Lovette.  Lemons then converted a traditional three-point play to make it 44-40, and La Salle (12-1, 1-1) converted six free throws down the stretch, four by junior Jeff Queen Jr. – to prevail.  Lovette and Queen also were in double figures for La Salle, with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
 
Lemons was extremely efficient for La Salle, which has won two straight, going 5-of-6 from the field including 3-of-4 from three-point range.  He also sank all three of his free throws.   Senior guard Avery Wilson led St. Xavier (9-3, 1-1) with 16 points, while junior guard Kobe Rodgers added 12 and senior Hank Thomas chipped in 10. 
 
All four GCL South teams are participating this weekend in the second Midwest King Classic at Middletown High School.  St. Xavier meets Sycamore at 4:45 p.m. today, with Elder to oppose Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at 6:30.  SV-SM is the only team to defeat Moeller this season, winning 64-59 in Northeast Ohio in early December.  The alma mater of Lebron James, SV-SM is ranked No. 1 in the AP DII state poll again this week.
 
On Sunday, La Salle will face neighborhood rival Colerain in the second of six games in the King Classic at 1:15.  Moeller plays the final of the 12-game, two-day event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., facing Hughes at 8:15 that evening.  Advance tickets are $8; tickets purchased at the gate are $10.  For event information, visit KingClassicMidwest.com.