GCL South Weekend Basketball Roundup

02/05/2020

Posted on 2/5/2020 at 11:34 a.m.

Moeller Earns Share Of Title; Elder Win Streak At Three
 
Senior guard Max Land scored a game-high 22 points, sinking 8-of-10 free throws, to help Moeller clinch at least a share of the Greater Catholic League South Division championship with a 59-43 victory over La Salle last Friday at the Brisben Family Education Center on Moeller’s Montgomery Road campus.  The win gives the Crusaders a sweep of the season series with La Salle, which includes a 45-43 victory at La Salle three weeks earlier in the league opener for both schools.
 
Moeller (18-1, 4-0 GCL South), the two-time defending Division I state champion and current No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press weekly state poll, made it a 2-0 weekend with a convincing 76-52 win at Springfield on Saturday night.  Moeller has now won 17 straight games, including 23 in a row against GCL South competition, and owns a 45-game home-court winning streak that dates back to February 2015.  The Crusaders, who travel to Elder on Friday night, can clinch their fourth straight outright GCL South title with a victory.  They have won outright or shared each of the last eight league crowns.
 
Elder (10-8, 1-3) also enjoyed a perfect weekend –including its first league victory of the year Friday night by defeating St. Xavier (12-5, 1-3), 50-48, at The Pit in Price Hill.  Sophomore  Andrew Harp had the hot hand for Elder, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 from three-point range.  Junior David Larkins added 12 points and seven rebounds, while senior Willard Cluxton had 10 points to go along with seven assists.  Senior Hank Thomas  led St. Xavier with 16 points, while senior Avery Wilson added nine  as the Bombers dropped their third straight league game after opening with a 58-45 in against Elder three weeks earlier at home.
 
Elder then stepped out of league play to record a 69-45 win against Mariemont at home Saturday, after opening the week with a 44-42 win at Beavercreek last Tuesday to begin the three-game winning streak.   Junior Tony Walker led Elder against Mariemont with 14 points, while Scott Nieman added 12 and Luke Kandra chipped in nine. 
 
La Salle (16-2, 2-2) remains in sole possession of second place in the GCL South.  The Lancers’ only losses this season have been to Moeller.  Against the Crusaders in the most recent game, La Salle was led by forward Jeff Queen Jr., who scored 16 points to lead the Lancers – managed to knock down 7-of-11 three-point goals in the game.
 
Land had a strong all-around game against La Salle, grabbing seven rebounds, recording four steals and blocking two shots.  He got support from junior Will McCracken, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Crusaders outrebounded La Salle, 28-17.  Land paced four double-figure scorers one night later at Springfield, finishing with 17.  Logan Duncomb and Alex Williams chipped in 16 points each, while McCracken added 12.  Moeller had a 39-19 rebounding edge against the Wildcats, and also converted 26-of-30 free throws  Moeller has now won 74 straight games against teams from Southwest Ohio and is 102-5 overall the last three-plus seasons.