By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
One night after a pair of close games in the Greater Catholic League South Division, three of the four league teams were in action Saturday night playing non-conference games. All three were victorious, including La Salle hitting the road and emerging with a one-point victory at GCL Co-Ed member Roger Bacon. Elder and Moeller posted double digit wins at home against Withrow and Massillon Washington, respectively, while St. Xavier enjoyed the night off after its overtime win against Elder on Friday night.
Here is a look at Saturday’s GCL South games:
La Salle 43, Roger Bacon 42 – Senior forward Riley Haubner scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds before fouling out, while senior forward Henry Louden had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds to lead La Salle (8-7) over the Spartans at Roger Bacon. The Lancers were aided by solid free-throw shooting, hitting 11-of-14, and also outrebounded Roger Bacon, 27-16. La Salle failed to make a three-point goal, missing all eight attempts, while Roger Bacon nailed 4-of-7 in the game. Up next for the Lancers is St. Xavier at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Moeller 76, Massillon Washington 45 – Senior Jeremiah Davenport and junior Alec Pfriem scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, as Moeller (12-3) remained perfect in 2018 by winning its fifth consecutive game. The Crusaders made 33-of-49 field goals, good for 67 percent shooting, and also outrebounded Washington, 43-18. Pfriem and senior Jaxson Hayes led Moeller with six rebounds each as Moeller built a 45-15 lead at halftime and was able to play reserves much of the second half. Moeller will attempt to extends its GCL South winning streak to 11 games when it hosts Elder at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Elder 44, Withrow 35 – Senior guards Zach Harp and Brett Marsh combined to score nearly half of Elder’s points as the Panthers snapped a brief two-game losing streak with a victory at The Pitt. Harp and Marsh, who one night earlier hit key three-pointers in Elder’s 55-53 OT loss at St. Xavier, both scored in double figures – with Harp notching a team-high 11 and Marsh adding 10 for Elder (7-8) – which took an early lead and extended its margin to 25-15 at halftime. Up next for the Panthers is a home game against Western Hills at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, before the Panthers travel to Moeller on Friday.