By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Seniors Brandon Gilbert and Chase Wolf combined to score 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting, including six made three-pointers, to pace a balanced scoring attack and lead St. Xavier to a 71-41 victory over Kettering Alter Tuesday night at St. Xavier’s Berning Gymnasium. The Greater Catholic League South Division split with GCL Co-Ed teams last night, as Purcell Marian scored 28 points in the final quarter to help outscore La Salle, 41-32, in the second half and erase an eight-point halftime deficit to emerge with a 67-66 victory over the Lancers at La Salle.
St. Xavier (8-3) will take a three-game winning streak into its GCL South opener at defending champion Moeller (8-3) in the league opener for both schools. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Moeller’s Brisben Family Center. St. Xavier is coming off its third consecutive game of shooting better than 50 percent as a team. The Bombers, who got 17 from Gilbert on 8-of-10 shooting, 16 from Wolf including five three-pointers, and 10 points from junior guard Nathan Stockman against Alter (3-7), hit 26-of-48 field goals, good for 54.2 percent, and also dished out 15 assists – with Gilbert recording a team-high three. Stockman led St. Xavier with four steals.
La Salle (4-6) appeared ready to snap Purcell Marian’s three-game winning streak, before the Cavaliers rallied behind junior forward Javonta Lyons – who finished with a game-high 25 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point range, and 3-of-4 free throws. Lyons and junior forward Bryan Warah working on the inside, finishing with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds, led the Purcell Marian (9-4) comeback. Senior forward Riley Haubner finished with team highs of 21 points and six rebounds, while teammates Henry Louden and Cole Hildebrand chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.