Rodgers’ Season-High 29 Leads St. Xavier Ro Road Win

02/12/2020

Posted on 2/12/2020 at 8:51 a.m.

GCL South Teams Finish Regular Season With 56-8 Record Outside League
 
Junior guard Kobe Rodgers scored better than a point per minutes, finishing with a season-high 29 points in 28 minutes to lead St. Xavier to a 75-60 victory over a talented Taft team in a non-conference basketball game Tuesday night at Taft High School in downtown Cincinnati.  The win gave the Greater Catholic League South Division a combined 56-8 record against non-league opponents this season, including the Bombers finishing with a 13-2 mark against non-GCL competition that included a 13-game winning streak.  The Bombers’ lone two losses outside of the league were in the first two games of the season, at Princeton, 70-68, and at Lakota East, 49-43.
 
The four GCL South teams wrap up the regular season with the final Friday night of league play this week, with St. Xavier (14-6, 1-4 GCL South) hosting Moeller (20-1, 5-0 GCL South) at 7:40 p.m. Moeller, the No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Division I state poll all season, is 15-1 against non-league opponents – the lone loss a rematch of last year’s state final at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 64-59, back in early December.  Moeller has won 19 consecutive games since its lone setback.
 
La Salle (19-2, 3-2) hosts Elder  (12-9, 1-4) in the other GCL South game at 7:30 Friday night.  The Lancers are a perfect 16-0 outside the league, with their lone two defeats to Moeller – including a 45-43 loss on the opening night of league play five-plus weeks ago.  Elder finished 11-5 against non-league opponents, with three of their losses coming early in the season while the Panthers waited for members of their football team to join after advancing to the DI state final.  Elder has won five of its last six games.
 
St. Xavier’s win against Taft was keyed by the big night from Rodgers – who sank 11-of-23 shots, including 3-of-4 three-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws to go along with eight rebounds.  Also in double figures for the Bombers were seniors Hank Thomas (12 points, nine rebounds) and Danny Greive (10 points), along with freshman guard Jack Kronauge, who came off the bench to score a career-high 11.
 
St. Xavier was productive offensive in all four quarters, scoring at least 17 points in each and jumping out to a 22-15 lead after the first eight minutes.  The Bombers have had a number of impressive wins this season, including a 55-48 triumph over Covington Catholic, Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team, at St. Xavier on January 28.