By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Moeller picked up where it left off last basketball season on Saturday, and in the process extended its wining streak to 21 games with an impressive 85-42 victory over Lexington Bryan Station in it season opener as part of the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic at Hillsboro High School, behind the staples that led the Crusaders to a fourth Division I state title earlier this year – balanced scoring, sound shooting, stingy defense and strong rebounding.
Greater Catholic League South Division colleague La Salle also was in action last night, falling to host Withrow, 48-44, in overtime as part of the second day of games in the season-opening Tigers Basketball Classic in Hyde Park. La Salle defeated Ponitz Career Tech from Dayton in Friday’s opener. No Lancer scored in double figures against Withrow.
Moeller, which last lost on December 30, 2017 to Imhotep Charter from Philadelphia , 47-44, in the prestigious Beach Ball Classic, scored no less than 18 points in any quarter, built a 13-point halftime lead, and then blew the game open by outscoring Bryan Station, 29-4, in the third quarter.
The Crusaders had five players in double figures – Alec Pfriem (14), Alex Williams (13), Logan Duncomb and Miles McBride (12 each), and Brad Colbert (10). Moeller shot 53.6 percent from the field (30-of-56), 72.4 percent from the free-throw line (21-of-29), held Bryan Station to 26.9 percent shooting, including just 4-of-24 from three-point range, and had a 42-27 edge in rebounding.
Pfriem and Duncomb led Moeller with eight and six rebounds, respectively. McBride, a senior guard and West Virginia University commit who missed all but the final two games of last season while recovering from a foot injury he suffered during football, had a solid all-around game – hitting 5-of-10 field goals, sinking both free-throw attempts, while tying Pfriem with a team-high four assists to go along with three rebounds and two steals. The Crusaders had 18 assists while committing just nine turnovers.
Moeller’s next game is Friday as part of the Queen City Classic, when the Crusaders will play Hughes at 7:30 p.m. at Princeton High School. The other three GCL South teams are in action Tuesday, with Elder (1-0) traveling to Hamilton to oppose GCL Co-Ed member Badin, La Salle (1-1) at Purcell Marian, and St. Xavier (0-1) opening its home schedule by hosting Princeton. All three varsity games tip off at 7:30 p.m.