Buzzer Beater Hands Elder First Loss Of Hoops Season


Posted on 1/4/2021 at 2:39 p.m.

St. Xavier Remains Unbeaten With Big Win; La Salle Wins Rival Game
Turpin senior guard Dominic Cantrella connected on his second buzzer-beater of the night, this one coming with two seconds remaining in regulation, to snap a 50-50 tie and give Turpin a thrilling 52-50 victory against Elder in a non-conference basketball game Saturday night at The Pit in Price Hill.  The loss was the first this season for Elder (7-1), off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 2012-13 and previously winning by an average of nearly 30 points per game.
Cantrella, who also nailed a shot to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter to give Turpin (4-3) an 18-17 lead, dribbled to the right side of the free-throw line and let go his game-winner with a defender in his face.  The Spartans, who also dealt Elder its last loss before Saturday (a 58-54 overtime defeat in the sectional tournament in March 2020) held leads of 33-29 at halftime and 43-39 at the end of the third quarter.
No Panther was in double figures, with Andrew Harp leading with way with nine points.  David Larkins and Sean Keller each added eight points, while Michael Keehan chipped in seven as the Panthers were held to a season low in points.  Elder travels to Northwest at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
St. Xavier and La Salle also opened 2021 with non-conference games last night, both posting home victories.  Moeller (8-2), the fourth Greater Catholic League South Division team, had the night off as it readies for defense of its league championship by hosting La Salle Friday.  The GCL South teams have a combined 28-6 record against non-conference opponents after play Saturday.
Here is a look at the other two GCL South games:
St. Xavier 78, West Clermont 38 – The Bombers remained unbeaten with a 31-point first quarter that led to a convincing win in their final non-conference tune-up before opening GCL South play with a road matchup against Elder at The Pit next Friday.   St. Xavier connected on 31-of-56 field goals, good for 55.4 percent shooting, and nailed 10-of-19 three-point shots.
St. Xavier (7-0) had three players score in double figures, led by junior guard Louie Semona III with a game-high 18 points, while senior guard Joe Kirby added 12 points on 4-of-5 made three-point goals.  Junior guard Jonny Vanover came off the bench to score a career-high 14 in just 12 minutes, knocking down three three-pointers.
La Salle 57, Colerain 42 – Senior Ayden Schneider scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while classmate Justin Lovette recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead La Salle (6-3) to victory against their neighborhood rival in a non-conference game at La Salle.  The Lancers are off until meeting Moeller on Friday in the league opener.