By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Senior forward Jaxson Hayes, who played just nine minutes before picking up his fifth foul in a road victory against Springfield on Saturday night, came back to 16 points, grab a game-high 16 rebounds and record four blocked shots to pace Moeller to a 69-37 non-conference victory against Winton Woods Tuesday night at Moeller’s Brisben Family Center in Kenwood. The win moved the Crusaders to 9-0 in 2018. La Salle was the only other Greater Catholic League South Division team in action last night, with the Lancers outscoring Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 15-10, in the final quarter for a 49-46 win on the road.
Hayes, a University of Texas recruit who leads the league with an almost absurd 70.5 percent shooting percentage having made 98-of-139 shots this season, went 7-of-9 from the field against Winton Woods for Moeller (16-3), which is ranked No. 2 behind Princeton in The Enquirer’s Division I weekly area coaches poll and is up to No. 3 in the Associated Press Division I state rankings, behind a pair of unbeaten in Huber Heights Wayne, 18-0, and Solon, 15-0. Hayes was joined in double figures by senior forward and Wright State University recruit Jeremiah Davenport, who had a team-high 17 – hitting 5-of-6 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws.
Senior guard Isaiah Payton added 12 points, senior forward Carlos Garcia chipped in 10, and junior guard Alec Pfriem led Moeller by recording six of his team’s 17 assists. The Crusaders, who can wrap up the GCL South championship outright then they host St. Xavier at 7:30 p.m. Friday, only committed seven turnovers and outrebounded Winton Woods (11-6), 34-14. Winton Woods entered the game having won eight games in a row. Moeller, which is shooting 55.2 percent (436-of-790) for the season, hit 25-of-40 field goals (62.5) percent.
La Salle was able to return to North Bend Road after pulling out a close game in Dayton. The Lancers trailed 13-9 after one quarter before tying the game, 28-28, at halftime. La Salle (11-9) fell behind by two points, 36-34, entering the final eight minutes before rallying to post its third win in four games. Senior forward Riley Haubner led the Lancers with 29 points, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter against GCL Co-Ed member C-J (7-11). La Salle made only two field goals in the final quarter, but was able to connect on 11-of-12 free throws. The Lancers host Elder in a GCL South game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.