GCL South Friday Night Basketball Roundup: Moeller Extends Streak; St. Xavier Moves Into Second Place

 Photo courtesy Alex Vehr for the Enquirer

Photo courtesy Alex Vehr for the Enquirer

By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner

Senior guard Isaiah Payton scored a team-high 19 points, while senior forward Jaxson Hayes added 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to help Moeller extends its Greater Catholic South Division winning streak to 11 games with a 64-43 victory over Elder on Friday night at Moeller.  In the other GCL South game, St. Xavier senior forward Chase Wolf registered a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Bombers went on the road to capture a 60-53 win at La Salle to move into second place in the league standings with their second straight GCL South win and fourth consecutive victory overall.

Moeller (13-3, 3-0 GCL South), looking to earn at least a share of its sixth straight GCL South title, maintains a one-game lead at the midway point of the league season after its win over Elder.  The Crusaders jumped out to a 30-11 halftime lead thanks to solid shooting and sound defense, two of its standard trademarks.  The Crusaders wound up hitting 27-of-44 field goals, good for 61.4 percent, and had four players in double figures.  Seniors Jeremiah Davenport and Carlos Garcia each added 11, while Garcia recorded six of Moeller’s 18 assists.  Up next for Elder (8-9, 0-3) is GCL Co-Ed member Roger Bacon on the road next Tuesday.  Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

After failing to record a GCL South victory in its previous 27 games, St. Xavier (12-4, 2-1) has now won back-to-back league games on consecutive Friday nights – defeating Elder, 55-53, in overtime one week earlier and then using a strong third quarter to snap a tie and post the win at La Salle last night.  The game was tied after one quarter and again at halftime, 27-27,, before St. Xavier hit 6-of-8 field goals and both of its free-throw attempts in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.  The Bombers led by as many as 11 with under two minutes remaining before notching the road win at La Salle (8-8, 1-2).

Joining Wolf in double figures for St. Xavier was senior forward Brandon Gilbert, who added 15 points as the Bombers connected on 21-of-41 field goals .  La Salle senior forward Riley Haubnrer, who continues to lead the GCL South in scoring averaging nearly 21 points per game, finished with a game-high 23 – hitting 9-of-10 free throws – and grabbed six rebounds.  Haubner has scored 20 or more points in 10 of the 15 games he has played this season.  La Salle steps out of league play to host Walnut Hills at 7:3o tonight.  Walnut Hills leads the Eastern Cincinnati Conference with a 14-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the league, having won eight straight games.