By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
It was a busy night for the Greater Catholic League South Division on the basketball court Tuesday, with three of the four teams in action and all of the games being decided by four points or less. La Salle stayed on the road for the third straight game, using big first and third quarters to post a three-point victory at Purcell Marian, while St. Xavier played its first home game this season and held off Princeton by two points, while Elder remained on the road for the second straight game and suffered its first loss of the Season, falling to Badin by four in Hamilton.
Moeller was the lone GCL South team that did not play Tuesday.
Here is a look at the GCL South games played Tuesday:
La Salle 53, Purcell Marian 50 – The Lancers rebounded from an overtime loss to host Withrow in the Tigers Basketball Classic this past Saturday to outscore Purcell Marian by a combined 30-18 in the first and third quarters, enough to give La Salle the road victory. Juniors Jaylen Lemons and Jeff Queen each scored 13 points, combining to sink 9-of-13 field goals and 4-of-5 from three-point range to pace La Salle (2-1). Junior center Michael Wergers added eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lancers – who are off until next Tuesday, when they host Kettering Alter at 7:30 p.m.
St. Xavier 44, Princeton 42 – The Bombers responded from a season-opening loss at Lakota West last Friday, a game in which St. Xavier squandered a 14-point halftime lead, for a close home win over Princeton behind 15 points from senior guard Nathan Stockman and a strong all-around game from junior forward Hank Thomas. The 6-foot-4 Thomas scored nine points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds while also recording three assists and three steals to pace St. Xavier (1-1) – which connected on 17-of-32 field goals. The Bombers are off until Saturday, when they host Lakota East at 7:30 p.m.
Badin 57, Elder 53 – The Panthers were victimized by a slow start, trailing GCL Co-Ed member Badin, 30-16, at halftime before attempting to come back in the final two quarters behind six three-pointers only to fall just short on the road. Four Elder players scored eight or more points, led by 12 from senior guard Aidan Byrne and 11 from junior forward Bryson Merz. Junior center Joe Royer and junior guard Matthew Luebbe added nine and eight, respectively, with Byrne and Luebbe each knocking down two of the Panthers’ six three-pointers. Elder (1-1) is back home to host Cooper from Union, Ky. at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Moeller 21 And Counting – Defending Division I state champion Moeller, which opened the season with an 85-42 win over Lexington Bryan Station in the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic last Saturday, looks to extend its 21-game winning streak when it meets Hughes at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the Queen City Classic at Princeton High School. The Crusaders are led by seniors Miles McBride and Alec Pfriem, who combined to score 26 points, grab 11 rebounds and dish out eight assists versus Bryan Station. After Friday’s game, Moeller opens its home schedule against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at 5 p.m. Saturday.