Moeller Rolls Into District Hoop Semifinals


Posted on 2/28/2020 at 10:19 a.m.

Elder Knocked Out Of Sectional By Turpin In Overtime

Junior Alex Williams scored 15 points and junior Logan Duncomb added 11 as Moeller jumped out to a 27-2 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 52-11 victory against Colerain to extend a pair of winning streaks and advance to the district semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament Thursday evening at Hamilton High School.  Moeller (23-1), the two-time defending Division I state champion, has now won 22 straight games this season and 18 in the postseason the last two-plus seasons.  The Crusaders will face Western Hills at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton.

In one of the most intriguing second-round games of the sectional tournament, Greater Catholic League member Elder faced Eastern Cincinnati Conference champion Turpin for the second time this season after falling to the Spartans, 46-43, on the road in early January.  The game did not disappoint, as Turpin again emerged with a close victory – this time in overtime, 58-54, last night at Lakota West High School to cool down a hot Elder team that entered having won seven of its last eight games, with the lone loss coming to Moeller.  Turpin (21-3) moves to the district semifinals against Lakota East at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lakota West.

GCL South members La Salle and St. Xavier are back in postseason action tonight, both playing district finals against arduous competition.  La Salle (21-3), which is a perfect 18-0 against non-league opponents this season, will attempt to sweep the season series against Walnut Hills (17-6) when the two teams meet at 7 tonight at Lakota West.  La Salle beat Walnut Hills, 65-51, at home on January 3, but the Eagles have won three straight and seven of their last eight games.  La Salle has won 10 of its last 12, the lone losses to Moeller and one point to Elder in the regular-season finale.

St. Xavier (15-7), which has won 14 consecutive games outside the GCL South, faces Hamilton (18-6) in a district semifinal tonight at 7 p.m. at Fairfield High School.  The Bombers, who opened the season with close losses at Princeton, 70-68, and Lakota East, 49-43, have not been beaten by a non-GCL South team since – including victories against Covington Catholic, Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked team, and highly regarded Taft.

Elder and Turpin were tied at 44 at the end of regulation, and the Spartans never trailed in OT – leading by as many as five points to keep their season alive.  Elder was led by 15 points and four rebounds from senior Matthew Luebbe, 11 points from sophomore Sean Keller, and 10 points and six rebounds from junior David Larkins.  The game was close throughout, with Turpin holding a two-point lead at halftime and then clinging to a one-point lead after three quarters.  It was another late-season surge by Elder, which was slowed at the start of the season by the school’s appearance in the DI State football final, injuries and a brutal early non-conference schedule.