GCL South Saturday Night Basketball Roundup

02/09/2020

Posted on 2/9/2020 at 2:36 p.m.

League Teams Go Perfect 4-For-4 To Enhance Non-Conference Records

Led by two-time defending state champion Moeller and La Salle, which is one victory shy of closing the regular season with an impressive 20 wins, the four Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams posted a perfect 4-0 record against non-league opponents last night – increasing their combined records against non-GCL South competition to an impressive 55-8 with one game remaining. 
 
La Salle, which hosts Elder in its  final regular-season game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, ends with a perfect 16-0 mark outside the league, while Moeller – which travels to St. Xavier in its final game that same night – is 15-1, the lone setback in early December in a rematch of last year’ Division I state final, a loss at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 64-59.  St. Xavier is 12-1 against non-league competition, while Elder has posted an 11-5 mark against an arduous schedule.
 
Here is a look at GCL South teams in action Saturday:
 
Moeller 62, Turpin 41 – Junior Logan Duncomb posted a his second double-double in two nights, with team highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Moeller extend a number of impressive streaks with a home win over the Eastern Cincinnati Conference leading Spartans, who came into the matchup having won eight straight games.  Senior guard Max Land added 11 and junior Will McCracken came off the bench to score 10.  Duncomb finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a road win at Elder on Friday night.
 
Moeller (20-1),  which one night earlier won its fourth consecutive outright Greater Catholic League South Division championship, extended its overall and homecourt winning streaks to 19 and 46 games, respectively.  The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state rankings all season,  have now won 76 games in a row against Southwest Ohio competition and are 104-5 in the last four-plus seasons.
 
La Salle 44, McNicholas 40 – The Lancers ended the non-conference portion of their regular-season schedule with a perfect 16-0 record by defeating McNicholas, a member of the GCL Co-Ed Division, in a close game at La Salle last night.  La Salle (19-2) was led by senior guard Jaylen Lemons, who had a perfect night from the field – knocking down 7-of-7 shots, including all six of his three-point attempts, to finish with a game0-high 20 points.
 
La Salle (19-2) also got nine points from junior Ayden Schneider and eight from sophomore Devin Taylor to hold off McNicholas, which made a furious charge in the fourth quarter after La Salle had taken an 11-point lead.  The game was tied, 16-16, at halftime before the Lancers came alive to outscore McNicholas, 18-7, in the third quarter and seemingly take command before the Rockets came alive in the fourth to test La Salle’s unbeaten record against non-GCL South opponents.
 
St. Xavier 61, Bishop Fenwick 38 – Senior Hank Thomas narrowly missed recording a double-double, finishing with a game-high 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds to lead the Bombers to a win on Senior Night.  St. Xavier (13-6) is the lone GCL South team with one non-conference game remaining, traveling to face a talented Taft team at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Thomas was joined in double figures by junior guard Kobe Rodgers, who added 11 points for the Bombers, who only managed to score 12 points in the first half, added 15 more in the third quarter before erupting to score 34 in the final eight minutes to put the game away.  Junior guard Joe Kirby came off the bench tro score eight points, including two of his team’s seven three-pointers, and the St. Xavier defense limited Fenwick to single digits in each of the first two quarters and just 11 in the third quarter.
 
Elder 52, Cooper 32 – The Panthers outscored Cooper, 7-3, in the final quarter to expand a six-point advantage and post a road victory in Union, Ky.  The win was Elder’s first in the annual interstate series between the two schools, with Cooper winning the first four meetings.  The game was originally scheduled to be played in early December, but was moved to last night after Elder advanced to the DI state football finals.
 
Junior David Larkins led Elder (12-9), which won for the fifth time in its last six games, with 14 points.  Sophomore Andrew Harp added nine, while senior Willard Cluxton and junior Scott Nieman each added eight for a balanced Elder offense.  The Panthers led at the end of every quarter, including a 35-29 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.