By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
St. Xavier was the only Greater Catholic League South Division basketball team in action Monday night, and the Bombers got a 12-point, six-rebound effort from junior forward Hank Thomas to pace balanced scoring and help earn their second straight victory with a 48-41 win over Beavercreek at St. Xavier’s Dick Berning Gymnasium. The victory followed up the Bombers’ 27-point output in the fourth quarter Friday to snap a tie and post a 55-45 win against defending Kentucky state champion Covington Catholic on the road.
The win over Beavercreek moved St. Xavier to one game above .500 heading into Friday’s GCL South home matchup against unbeaten Moeller, ranked No. 1 in the Associated PressDivision I state poll after rolling to a 13-0 start overall and 2-0 mark in the GCL South. St. Xavier, 8-7 and 1-1 in the league, will attempt to end Moeller’s 33-game overall winning streak. The Crusaders have won 15 straight in the GCL South.
Against Beavercreek, Thomas was the lone Bomber in double figures. But Danny Greive scored nine points, while Thomas Kiessling and Nathan Stockman each added seven, and Luke Pellot contributed six points as St. Xavier built a nine-point halftime lead and increased the margin to 37-27 after three quarters. The Bombers did struggle shooting, hitting just 2-of-13 from three-point range and converting only 6-of-14 free throws. But St. Xavier did win the rebounding battle, 35-29, led by Thomas and Nick Frank with six each, and Greive and Kiessling pulling down five apiece.