Balanced Scoring Leads La Salle To Fourth Straight Win


Posted on 1/23/2020 at 9:35 a.m.

Elder Falls To Rival Oak Hills After Offense Stalls In Third Quarter
Senior guard Jaylen Lemons scored a team-high 16 points and La Salle used a big second quarter to erase a three-point deficit and post a 64-58 victory against Hamilton in a non-conference basketball game Tuesday night at La Salle High School.  The win was the fourth straight for La Salle, which is ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Division I state poll for the third consecutive week.
Elder was the only other Greater Catholic League South Division team in action last night.  The Panthers trailed neighborhood rival Oak Hills by six points at halftime before enduring a scoring drought that enabled the Highlanders to take command and eventually post a 63-41 win at Oak Hills.  The loss was the third in a row and fifth in seven games for Elder, which scored only two points in the third quarter and watched Oak Hills extend a 29-23 halftime advantage to 47-25 at the end of the third quarter.  Junior forwards Scott Nieman and David Larkins led Elder with 11 and nine points, respectively.
La Salle continues to benefit from balanced scoring, with three players in double figures against Hamilton.  Lemons, who also had five assists, got help from senior Derek Eddings with 11 and junior Jeff Queen Jr., who chipped in 10.  Junior Ayden Schneider scored six points and had a team-high nine rebounds.  La Salle (14-1, 1-1 GCL South), which has only lost once, 45-43, to Moeller, will attempt to remain one game behind the Crusaders when it travels to face Elder (7-7, 0-2)at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Pit in Price hill.
Moeller (13-1, 2-0), which has won 12 consecutive games and is ranked No. 1 in the AP DI poll for the third straight week, hosts St. Xavier (10-3, 1-1) at 7:30 Friday night.  The Crusaders have two other streaks on the line – having won 21 in a row in the GCL South and 41  straight at home.  St. Xavier has no beaten Moeller since posting a 64-53 victory at home back on February 17, 2006. Moeller has won 26 straight in the series.  ST. Xavier is off to its best start since opening the 2012-13 season by winning 11 of their first 14 games.  The Bombers went on to finish 15-8 that season, including a 6-4 record in the GCL.