Elder Hands St. Xavier First Loss In GCL South Opener

01/09/2021

Posted on 1/9/2021 at 2:26 p.m.

Balanced Scoring Extends Moeller League Winning Streak To 26 Games

Senior David Larkins scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead four players in double figures as Elder grabbed an early lead and went on to hand St. Xavier its first loss, 67-60, Friday night at The Pit in Price Hill, on the opening night of games in the Greater Catholic League South Division.

In last night’s other GCL South game, Moeller extended its league winning streak to 26 games with a 59-41 victory against La Salle at Moeller’s Brisben Family Education Center in Kenwood.  The Crusaders took control in the second quarter, outscoring La Salle, 20-9, to take a 30-17 halftime advantage.

Elder (9-1, 1-0 GCL South) is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 2012-13 behind balanced scoring, an explosive offense and solid three-point shooting.  The Panthers added good defense to the mix Friday, limiting St. Xavier to 6-of-24 shooting from three-point range.  Junior Sean Keller (13 points, three three-pointers), senior Andrew Harp (12 points, 10 rebounds) and senior Michael Keehan (10 points) helped pace Elder to the win.

Senior guard Kobe Rodgers, the third-leading scorer in the GCL South, poured in a game-high 24 points for St. Xavier (7-1, 0-1) – which trailed 15-13 after one quarter, 28-24 at halftime, and then 40-36 heading to the fourth quarter.  The Bombers cut the lead to one, 29-28, in the third quarter and attempted to rally late behind Rodgers, but were unable to move in front.  Elder steps out of league play to travel to Colerain at 7:30 p.m. tonight, while St. Xavier is off until facing Purcell Marian on Tuesday.

Moeller (9-2, 1-0), vying to win its fifth consecutive outright GCL South title, also got balanced scoring in its opening league win.  Senior Logan Duncomb came within one rebound of his seventh double-double, finishing with 15 points and nine boards.  Senior Alex Williams added 14 points and seven rebounds, while seniors Aidan Noyes and Aidan Turner added 12 and 10, respectively.

The Crusaders, who also extended their home winning streak to 51 games, connected on 21-of-36 goals for 58.3 percent, while also outrebounding La Salle (6-4, 0-1), 31-15.  Senior Ayden Schneider led the Lancers with 15 points, while classmate Justin Lovette added 14.

Moeller is at Turpin at 7:30 tonight.  The Eastern Cincinnati Conference Spartans are 1-1 against the GCL South, falling to La Salle, 55-50, but then handing Elder its lone loss, 52-50, a week ago on a buzzer-beater by Spartans’ senior guard Dominic Cantrella.  La Salle has a non-conference game at Hamilton at 7:30 tonight, too, as the Lancers look to make it 4-0 against members of the Greater Miami Conference.