Moeller Third GCL South Team In District Final

03/01/2020

Posted on 3/1/2020 at 4:17 p.m.

Two-Time Defending DI State Champs Extend Pair Of Winning Streaks
  
Moeller became the third Greater Catholic League South Division team in two days to advance to the district semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament, extending two lengthy winning streaks with a 73-39 victory over Western Hills early Saturday evening at Hamilton High School in a district semifinals.  
 
One night earlier, fellow GCL South members La Salle and St. Xavier both advanced to the district semifinals and will face each other in one week in the district semifinals at 8 p.m. at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.  Moeller (24-1) will play earlier that day, facing Springboro (13-11) at  3 p.m. in the afternoon session.  Springboro advanced with a 60-57 win over Dayton Stebbins in the district semifinals.
 
The victory against Western Hills extended Moeller’s winning streak to 23 games this season, and gave the Crusaders 19 consecutive victories in the postseason after winning the last two DI state championships.  Moeller has won its three tournament games by an average margin of 44.3 points, thanks to an efficient offense, solid defense and decisive edge in rebounding in all three games. Moeller outrebounded Western Hills, 34-9, after claiming the rebounding margin in its first two tournament games by 24 and 17, respectively.
 
Moeller held a 18-12 lead after one quarter against the Mustangs before going on a 31-12 scoring spurt in the second and third quarters to take a commanding advantage into the final eight minutes.  Junior Logan Duncomb led Moeller with 18 points, going 8-of-8 from the field, and 11 rebounds, while fellow classmate Alex Williams added 15 points and senior Michael Curren chipped in 10 off the bench, knocking down all six of his free-throw attempts.
 
It should be a big Sunday for the GCL South, which has enjoyed an outstanding basketball season. Moeller looks to continue its postseason dominance, while St. Xavier (16-7) vies to avenge two regular-season defeats to La Salle (22-3), which has played well all season with its lone losses coming against Moeller (twice) and Elder (49-48 in the regular-season finale).  The combined record of Moeller, La Salle and St. Xavier is 62-11 heading into the district semifinals.