By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Covington Catholic senior guard C.F. Fredrick scored a game-high 23 points to pace three double-figure scorers and lead the Colonels – Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked basketball team – to a 58-53 victory over Greater Cincinnati’s No. 1 ranked team in Moeller Tuesday night before a raucous sellout crowd in Park Hills, Ky. The victory ended a 28-game, regular-season winning streak that included a perfect 22-0 mark last year for Moeller, which last suffered a defeat during the regular season in February 2016 – falling to Greater Catholic League colleague Elder, 48-43, at The Pit in Price Hill.
In other GCL South action last night, senior forward Chase Wolf came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points and senior forward Bobby Jefferson added 13 points and six rebounds to help St. Xavier outscore Hamilton Badin, 14-6, in the third quarter to snap a halftime tie and go on to post a 55-47 win at the GCL Co-Ed member school. Elder (2-2) was not as fortunate as the Panthers fell to GCL Co-Ed member Purcell Marian, 46-39, at The Pit as part of the fourth Mercy Health Tipoff Classic. Junior forward Javonta Lyons of Purcell Marian (4-1) led all scorers with 24 points and was named the Mercy Health Most Valuable Player.
Senior forward Jeremiah Davenport scored a team-high 17 points, while senior guard Isaiah Payton added 14 for Moeller (3-1), but it was not enough to overcome a talented and veteran CovCath team – which had dropped three straight in the interstate series. Fredrick, a University of Iowa commit, hit all four of this three-point goals in a decisive third quarter as CovCath build a 10-point lead. Senior guard Aiden Ruthsatz added 15 points, including three three-pointers and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, while senior center Jake Walter added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Walter has committed to play at Xavier University.
Moeller struggled shooting in the game, connecting on 18-of-45 field goals (40 percent), while converting only 10-of-19 from the free-throw line. CovCath shot well from the field (19-of-34, 55.9 percent), three point range (7-of-12, 58.3) and missed only one free throw in 14 attempts. Fleming, Ruthsatz and Walter combined to go 16-of-28 from the field, 7-of-12 on three-pointers, and 9-of-10 from the line. The Colonels will host GCL South member La Salle at 7:30 p.m. Friday. La Salle did not play Tuesday after opening its season with a 78-49 win at home against Shroder Paideia on Saturday.
St. Xavier received key contributions from two key members of its football team at Badin. Wolf – the Bombers’ star quarterback and a University of Wisconsin football commit – was 3-of-5 from three point range and nailed 7-of-8 free throws providing a spark off the bench, while also pulling down four rebounds. Jefferson – a first-team All-GCL South performer on defense in football, added six rebounds and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. St. Xavier outrebounded Badin, 42-31, and held the Rams to just 30.5 percent shooting (18-of-59). Jakob Tipton led Badin (3-1) with 11 points.