La Salle, Moeller Post Wins In Midwest King Classic


Posted on 1/20/2020 at 3:34 p.m.

GCL South Teams Run Records To 13-1 After Sunday Victories

They opened the Greater Catholic League South Division basketball schedule with an epic game 10 days ago, with Moeller coming alive late to post a 45-43 win on the road – handing La Salle its first loss of the season.  Sunday, the two GCL South teams ran their records to 13-1 with victories on the second and final day of the Midwest King Classic at Middletown High School – likely cementing their ranking in the Associated Press Division I state poll for another week.

La Salle (13-1), playing the second of six games in the showcase designed to honor Dr. Marin Luther King Jr., posted a 76-31 win against neighborhood rival Colerain.  The Lancers, ranked No. 6 in the AP DI state poll for the second straight week, came out strong and built a 40-8 halftime lead.  Senior forward Caleb Schneider was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after coming off the bench to score all 14 of his points, including two three-point goals, in the final quarter. Also in double figures for La Salle were junior Jeff Queen Jr. and junior Ayden Schneider with 12 and 11, respectively, all coming in the first half. 

No. 1 Moeller (13-1), the two-time defending DI state champion and the only team to beat La Salle this season, extended its winning streak to 13 games with a 57-37 win against Hughes in the final game of the night and weekend.  The Crusaders trailed, 14-9 after one quarter for just the third time this season, was down by as many as eight in the second quarter, and the game was tied, 23-23, at halftime.  But the Crusaders outscored Hughes, 16-7, in the third quarter and increased the margin in the final eight minutes.    Junior Will McCracken led Moeller with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half, on 6-of-10 shooting.

He was joined in double figures by junior Logan Duncomb, who recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds and was selected MVP, and senior Michael Currin, who had a season-high 11 points – all coming in the second quarter.  Senior guard Max Land and junior forward Alex Williams each added eight as Moeller remained perfect against Greater Cincinnati-area teams since December 12, 2017 – when the Crusaders lost to Covington Catholic, 58-53.

St. Xavier and Elder split games in the King Classic on Saturday, with the Bombers defeating Sycamore, 54-39, behind a game-high 22 points from junior guard Kobe Rodgers.  Elder fell to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, the state’s top-ranked DII team, despite knocking down a season-high 13 three-point goals and holding a seven-point halftime lead.  SV-SM rallied to outscore Elder, 2109, in the third quarter and win 79-68.

Elder and La Salle start the GCL South week with non-conference games against members of the Greater Miami Conference Tuesday night.  Elder travels to rival Oak Hills, while La Salle hosts Hamilton.  Friday’s league schedule marks the halfway point of the GCL South race, with La Salle traveling to Elder and Moeller hosting St. Xavier.  Moeller, which has won 21 consecutive league games, has a one-game lead over La Salle and St. Xavier heading into Friday’s games.