La Salle Edges Oak Hills Behind Fourth-Quarter Rally

12/23/2020

Posted on 12/23/2020 at 2:03 p.m.

Elder Keeps Unbeaten Streak Alive; Moeller Tunes Up For Beach Ball Classic
 
Senior Ayden Schneider scored a game-high 14 points, while classmate Justin Lovette added 11 to help La Salle outscore Oak Hills, 15-10, in the fourth quarter and erase a two-point deficit and record a 42-39 victory in this annual non-conference basketball rivalry Tuesday night at Oak Hills High School.  Elder and Moeller also posted victories last night, while undefeated St. Xavier did not have a game scheduled.
 
The Greater Catholic League South Division is now a combined 19-3 against non-league competition this season.  The first night of league games is set for Friday, January 8 with St. Xavier at Elder and La Salle at Moeller on the first of six consecutive Friday nights of league competition.
 
La Salle (4-2), which won its third straight in the series (the previous two decided by a total of seven points, including one overtime), relied on stingy defense in the low-scoring game – with the two teams separated by no more than four points at the end of the first three quarters.  The Lancers limited Oak Hills (2-4) to just 13 field goals and 36.1 percent shooting on the night.  La Salle travels to face Turpin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its next game.
 
Here is a look at Tuesday’s other GCL South games:
 
Elder 82, Roger Bacon 48 – Junior Sean Keller scored 20 points, including four three-point goals, as the Panthers handed GCL Co-Ed Division member Roger Bacon its first loss of the season at The Pit in Price Hill.  Elder (6-0), which knocked down 12 three-pointers, has now made 10 or more three’s in every game.
 
Elder jumped out to a 36-18 halftime lead, and again benefited from balanced scoring.  Junior Andrew Harp, and seniors Scott Nieman and Michael Keehan each scored eight points, while senior JT Miller added seven for Elder, which has now scored 68 or more points in six games, three times eclipsing 80 behind a more up-tempo attack.  Up next for the Panthers is at game at neighborhood rival Western Hills at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
 
Moeller 72, Bellbrook 32 – The Crusaders scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, in the first two quarters to take a 41-13 lead and extend its home winning streak to 49 games dating back to February 2015, while also increasing its consecutive wins streak to 86 games against teams from Southwest Ohio.  The game is the final tune-up before Moeller (5-1) embarks on its annual trek to South Carolina to participate in the prestigious Beach Ball Classic that starts Monday.
 
Senior Alex Williams led three double-figure scorers with 16 points, while senior Aidan Noyes chipped in 13 and senior Logan Duncomb added 10.  Duncomb has scored in double figures every game this season and has registered four double-doubles in the process.  Moeller sank 28-of-41 field goals, good for 68. 3 percent shooting.