By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Senior guard Nathan Stockman scored a team-high 17 points, while senior guard Nick Frank added 14 points, and junior forward Hank Thomas recorded a double-double to lead St. Xavier to a come-from-behind, 57-50 victory over Greater Catholic League Co-Ed member Roger Bacon Saturday night in St. Bernard. The win was the third straight for the Bombers, ranked No. 6 in The Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll last week.
Elder also used a big final quarter to post a road victory last night, turning up the defensive pressure and holding Withrow to a single point in the final eight minutes to earn a 48-37 victory over the Tigers in Hyde Park. Junior Bryson Merz scored 18 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, while senior guard Aidan Byrne added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as Elder won for the second straight day.
St. Xavier’s Stockman, who entered the game averaging a GCL South-best 18.3 points per game, scored in double figures for the fourth straight game. Frank added four rebounds to his double-figure effort, while Thomas scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with three assists for St. Xavier (3-1). The Bombers trailed by three points after three quarters before outscoring Roger Bacon (2-3), 21-11, in the final eight minutes.
Like St. Xavier, Elder came up big in the fourth quarter – outscoring Withrow (2-4), 14-1. The Panthers scored the first seven points of the period to take a 43-36 lead with 4:26 remaining, using their defense to hold an opponent down for the second straight night. Elder (4-3) allowed only 41 points in a road victory at Winton Woods on Friday night to earn the team’s third victory in its last four games over an eight-day period.
St. Xavier doesn’t play again until Friday, when it hosts Wes Clermont at 7:30 p.m. The Bombers also play Saturday, traveling to Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio to face Westerville North at 6 p.m. No. 9 La Salle (2-3) is back in action Tuesday, hosting Lakota West at 7:30 p.m. in Montfort Heights.
Defending state champion and top-ranked Moeller (4-0) puts its 24-game winning streak on the line Friday when it hosts defending Kentucky state champion Covington Catholic at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Wilmington for a 4:30 p.m. game Saturday. CovCath handed Moeller one of its three loses last season, 58-53, in Park Hills, Ky. The Colonels are 6-2 this season, having defeated La Salle, 50-33, on Friday night before falling to undefeated Taft, 40-38, last night in the John Turner Classic at Newport High School.
Elder is off until Saturday, when the Panthers host Roger Bacon at 7:30 p.m. at The Pit.