Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
The Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams were all in action Saturday, posting a 3-1 record against non-conference opponents as they continue to prepare for the weekly rigors of the league season. Elder and Moeller went on the road to record wins, while St. Xavier stayed at home and also was victorious. La Salle, less than 24 hours after its GCL South dramatic 40-38 victory at Elder on Friday night, lost on the road at Xenia late Saturday afternoon. Overall, including holiday tournament records, GCL South teams have a combined 23-16 record against non-conference opponents so far this season.
Here is a look at Saturday’s GCL South games:
Moeller 49, Centerville 32 – Senior forward Carlos Garcia scored a season-high 15 points, while senior guard Isaiah Payton added 11 to lead Moeller to the road victory. The Crusaders – as usual – played tough defense, holding Centerville (3-9) to one field goal in the second quarter and just seven points at halftime to take a nine-point lead. Moeller also got a well-rounded effort from junior forward Alec Pfriem, who scored nine points, had five rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals. Moeller (8-3) is off until Friday, when the Crusaders begin defense of their GCL South championships by hosting St. Xavier at 7:30 p.m.
St. Xavier 73, Roger Bacon 36 – Junior guard Nathan Stockman and senior forward Brandon Gilbert scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, knocking down 10-of-15 field goals for hot shooting St. Xavier (7-3). The Bombers, who nailed 35-of-57 shots in a win against Shroder Paideia on Wednesday, connected on 26-of-44 attempts (59.1 percent) against Roger Bacon. In all, 11 players scored for St. Xavier – which also played solid defense in limiting Roger Bacon (4-8) to just 11 field goals. Up next for St. Xavier is a home game against another GCL Co-Ed member in Kettering Alter(3-6) on Tuesday. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
Elder 63, Middletown 42 – Senior guard Zach Harp led a balanced offense with a game-high 20 points, including 7-of-10 shooting and 6-of-8 from three-point range as Elder won for the third time in four games. The Panthers, who outscored Middletown in each of the first three quarters, also got nine points from both Trevor Estep and Danny Nieman, along with eight from senior guard Brett Marsh. Elder (5-6) got a solid contribution from its bench, with seven players breaking into the scoring column. Elder, which is off until next Saturday when it hosts St. Mary’s from Lancaster, N.H. at 2 p.m., knocked down 15-of-24 three-points in the game.
Xenia 75, La Salle 56 – After holding Xenia (6-6) to just four points in the first quarter and taking an 11-point lead, La Salle was unable to stop the Greater Western Ohio Conference member from scoring 21, 24 and 26 points, respectively, in the final three quarters to post the victory. The Lancers (4-5) still held a 29-25 lead at halftime, but were outscored 50-27 in the final two quarters in suffering the loss. La Salle returns to Monfort Heights to host GCL Co-Ed member Purcell Marian (8-4) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Lancers have played their last six games away from home, including two at neutral sites.