By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
All four Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams were in action Tuesday night, with La Salle, Moeller and St. Xavier posting non-conference victories. Elder also played, traveling a few miles to Oak Hills to participate in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic. The Panthers fell way behind early to their neighborhood rival before staging a comeback to draw close but ultimately fall to snap a modest two-game winning streak. La Salle beat rival Colerain, Moeller got past Western Hills, and St. Xavier defeated Lakota West to post a 3-1 record for league schools on the night before heading into the first full Friday of GCL South action.
Here is a look at Tuesday’s GCL South games:
La Salle 65, Colerain 49 – The Lancers trailed by five points after one quarter, but came alive to outscore Colerain, 38-22, in the next two quarters to take command. Senior forward Riley Haubner had game highs of 21 points and six rebounds for La Salle, which has won three consecutive games. Senior Henry Louden added 13 points, going 6-of-6 from the field, with six assists, while junior Nathan Vogelpohl add 12 for the Lancers – who hit 25-of-40 field goals for 62.5 percent against Colerain (4-8). La Salle (7-6, 1-0 GCL South) hosts defending league champion Moeller at 7:30 tonight.
Moeller 75, Western Hills 38 – Senior forward Jaxson Hayes had a double-double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and senior forward Jeremiah Davenport added 14 points as Moeller outscored Western Hills (2-10), 47-19, in the first half. Moeller (10-3, 1-0) connected on 23-of-42 field goals, while sinking 26-of-36 free throws. The Crusaders, who have not lost a GCL South game since February 2016 (a 48-43 setback at Elder), will attempt to extend their league winning streak to 10 games, including the postseason, when they travel to La Salle tonight.
St. Xavier 62, Lakota West 47 – The Bombers used balanced scoring, with four players scoring eight or more points, and a fast start – outscoring West, 34-18, in the first half – to win for the fourth time in five games. Senior guard Nathan Stockman was the lone Bomber in double figures with 10, while RJ Fredenburgh and Chase Wolf each added nine, and Brandon Gilbert scored eight. Stockman led St. Xavier (9-4, 0-1) with seven rebounds. St. Xavier, which held West (3-9) to just 33 percent shooting from the field to knock off the Greater Miami Conference member, hosts Elder at 7:30 p.m. today.
Oak Hills 51, Elder 38 – There is a slow start, and then there is a really slow start. That is what Elder (6-7, 0-1) had against rival Oak Hills, falling behind 17-1 after the first quarter and then 22-1 minutes into the second period before rallying to get within 10 at halftime, 27-17. The Panthers continued to work their way back in the second half, narrowing the margin to five at one point, before Oak Hills pulled away in the final minutes. Senior guard Zach Harp scored nine of Elder’s first 10 points and finished with a team-high 17 points to earn MVP honors. Senior and team MVP Nick Deifel scored a game-high 19 for Oak Hills (10-3), which has now won six straight games.