La Salle Defeats Oak Hills For Sixth Straight Win


Posted on 1/26/2020 at 11:23 a.m.

No. 1 Moeller Keeps Rolling; St. Xavier Gets Back On Track
Junior forward Ayden Schneider scored a team-high 19 points to help La Salle record a 50-45 victory against Oak Hills in a non-conference basketball game Saturday night between two of the top teams in the Greater Catholic League South Division and Greater Miami Conference, respectively.  It was a big weekend for Schneider, who led the Lancers with 17 one night earlier in a 44-43 win at Elder and was named the Most Valuable Player in a game featured as past of the Mercy Health Hoops Classic.
The win was the sixth straight for La Salle (16-1), which sits one game behind top=ranked Moeller in the GCL South standings at the halfway point of the six-game league schedule.  The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Oak Hills (11-5), which is one-half game off the lead in the 10-team GMC with six league games still remaining to be played. 
Schneider’s 19 points came on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, hitting 6-of-7 free throws to go along with a team-best nine rebounds.  He was joined in double figures by juniors Justin Lovette and Jeff Queen Jr., who added 14 and 10 points, respectively, as La Salle rans its record to 4-0 against GMC opponents this season.  Senior guard Cam Brandt of Oak Hills led all scorers with 23.
Moeller (15-1), the two-time defending Division I state champion that has been atop the Associated Press DI state poll since its first installment earlier this month, extended its home winning streak to 43 games by jumping out to a 29-11 halftime lead and holding Colerain to single digits in all four quarters of a 58-23 victory late Saturday afternoon at the Brisben Family Education Center on Montgomery Road.  Senior guard Max Land scored a game-high 15 points, while junior forward Logan Duncomb added 13 points and a team-high six rebounds.  Moeller connected on 23-of-41 field goals for 56.1 percent shooting.
The Crusaders, whose lone loss this season is at Akron St. Vincent-St, Mary, the state’s No. 1-ranked team in DII on December 7, hosts Winton Woods at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before a rematch with La Salle at 7:30 Friday night.  Moeller beat La Salle, 45-43, on the road on the opening night of GCL South play three weeks ago.  A Crusaders’ win against La Salle will clinch at least a share of another GCL South title.  Moeller, which has won or shared the last seven league championships, has won 22 straight GCL South games and currently holds a one-game lead over La Salle.
St. Xavier (11-4), which had lost two of its last three games after putting together a nine-game winning streak, hopes to start a new streak after posting a 43-35 win against Toledo Rogers last night at St. Xavier.  The Bombers trailed by five points at halftime, but came alive in the third quarter to outscore Rogers, 18-7, and take the lead.  Senior Hank Thomas narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with game highs of 16 points and nine rebounds.  
Before heading to Elder next Friday, St. Xavier will be tested on Tuesday night when it hosts Covington Catholic, Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team that is playing its best basketball of the season and owns a 17-3 record that includes a 16-game winning streak.  CovCath’s last loss was to La Salle, 55-46, back on December 13 in Park Hills, Ky.  Elder (7-8) will attempt to snap a three-game skid when it travels to Beavercreek at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.