St. Xavier Closes Calendar Year With Win, Stays Unbeaten


Posted on 12/31/2020 at 1:02 p.m.

Moeller Rebounds From Close Loss To Record Lopsided Victory In SC

St. Xavier overcame a tough shooting night from the field and the free-throw line with a strong defensive performance to close the calendar year undefeated after its first six games following a 50-40 victory against Oak Hills in a non-conference basketball game played late Wednesday afternoon at the school’s Dick Berning Gymnasium on its North Bend Road campus.

Moeller played its third game in as many days last night, rebounding from a close loss in the Beach Ball Classic the day before to coast to a 64-27 win against First Baptist from Charleston, S.C. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The Crusaders got a game-high 23 points from senior Alex Williams and held First Baptist to single digits in all four quarters to up its record to 2-1 in the four-day, four-game showcase.

Elder and La Salle, the two remaining Greater Catholic League South Division schools, did not play Wednesday.  Elder (7-0), off to its best start since opening 10-0 in the 2012-13 season, is scheduled to host Turpin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for its first game of the New Year.  La Salle (5-2) still has one game left in 2020, hosting GCL Co-Ed member Bishop Fenwick at 3 this afternoon in Monfort Heights.

St. Xavier, which tips off 2021 by hosting West Clermont at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, made 14-of-37 field goals (37.8 percent) and 18-of-31 free throws (58.1), but managed to limit Oak Hills to a total of 11 field goals and 10 or fewer points in three of the four quarters to post the second win against a Greater Miami Conference team in three days – knocking off Lakota West at home Monday afternoon.

Junior guard Louie Semona III led St. Xavier with 18 points, while senior guard Joe Kirby added 14, and senior guard Kobe Rodgers posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  The Bombers led by six points at halftime and extended the lead to 12 after three quarters.    After facing West Clermont, St. Xavier is off until Friday, January 8 when it travels to The Pit in Price Hill to face undefeated Elder on the opening night of play in the GCL South.

Moeller (7-2), which led by eight points at halftime Tuesday before eventually falling late to talent-laden Calvary Christian Academy from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 53-50, got a big performance from Williams – who sank 9-of-14 field goals and 5-of-9 from three-point range.  Senior point guard Aidan Noyes also scored in double figures, with 10 points as the Crusaders had 16 players see action in the game.  Moeller plays its final game in the event at 1:45 p.m. today, facing Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (10-3) from Spring Hill, Fla. In the fifth-place game.