By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
After trailing by one point at halftime and then taking a two-point advantage after three quarters, Centerville left no question as to which team would win its non-conference matchup against visiting St. Xavier Tuesday night. The Elks scored the first 15 points of the final quarter to open up a 47-30 lead that enabled them to overcome 10 made three-point shots from St. Xavier in an eventual 57-41 victory. The loss was the third in the last four games for St. Xavier, which was outscored, 25-11, in the fourth quarter.
St. Xavier (6-7), coming off a 48-33 road win at Elder last Friday, was led by senior center Luke Pellot’s 13 points, hitting 5-of-6 field goals that included 3-of-3 from three-point range. Senior guard Nathan Stockman, the Bombers’ leading scorer, added nine points – including two three-pointers, while senior guard Nick Frank had six and two three-pointers. Junior forward Hank Thomas, who came into the game averaging 11.7 points to rank fifth in the Greater Catholic League South Division in that category, was held scoreless for the first time this season.
Centerville (6-5), winner of two straight games, was led by 14 points from senior guard Matt Pearce, one of three scorers in double figures. The Elks outscored St. Xavier, 19-1, from the free-throw line and had a 34-19 rebounding edge. St. Xavier looks to get back on track when it travels to face defending Kentucky state campion Covington Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Park Hills. CovCath is 14-4 and is riding a four-game winning streak.
St. Xavier was the lone GCL South team in action last night. Moeller (11-0, 1-0 GCL South) travels to Elder (6-7, 0-1) in the lone league game scheduled for Friday. Tipoff is 7:30 that night at The Pit. Moeller has won 31 straight games overall dating back to December 2017, including 14 in a row in the GCL South. Elder is the last league team to defeat the Crusaders, winning 48-43 on February 5, 2016 in Price Hill. The game is part of the Mercy Health Hoops Classic. La Salle (7-5) is off Friday, but travels to Walnut Hills at 7:30 Saturday night for its next game.