Moeller Cruises To Opening Win In Beach Ball Classic


Posted on 12/29/2020 at 5:44 p.m.

Rodgers, Kirby Combine For Big Game To Help St. Xavier Remain Undefeated 

Senior Alex Williams scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while classmate Logan Duncomb recorded his customary double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Moeller to a convincing 71-31 victory over Cocastee, S.C. in the opening round of the prestigious Beach Ball Classic on Monday night in Myrtle Bach.  Senior point guard Aidan Noyes added 13 for the Crusaders.

Moeller (6-1), which outscored the hometown representative, 40-11, in the second and third quarters, will now play Calvary Christian Academy (6-2) from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at 8:45 tonight in its second game of the 16-team event being played through Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Calvary Christian defeated Cannon from Concord, N.C., 91-50, in its first game Monday.

St. Xavier was the only other Greater Catholic League South Division team in action last night, hosting Lakota West in a late afternoon varsity game.  After trailing 15-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Bombers outscored West, 24-10, in the second eight minutes and remained undefeated with an 61-44 victory in the school’s Dick Berning Gymnasium.  Seniors Kobe Rodgers and Joe Kirby combined to scored 39 points, grab 17 rebounds and record eight steals for St. Xavier (5-0), one of two unbeatens in the league along with Elder.

Rodgers continues to play well after earning first-team all-league honors last season, finishing with 21 points (hitting 8-of-12 field goals) to go along with a game and season high of 12 rebounds and six steals.  Kirby scored 18 points, connecting on four three-pointers, while also collecting seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.  The Bombers face another Greater Miami Conference team when they host Oak Hills at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Elder (6-0), which has been the hottest league team so far winning by an average of  30.5 points per game, looks to remain undefeated when it travels to neighborhood rival Western Hills at 7:30 tonight.  The Panthers have knocked down 10 or more three-pointers in every game this season. La Salle (5-2) also returns to the court tonight when it travels to face Turpin at 7:30 before closing down 2020 by hosting GCL Co-Ed member Bishop Fenwick at 3 p.m. Thursday.