All-GCL South Basketball Teams Announced: Moeller’s McBride Earns League’s Top Two Honors

Photo courtesy LetsGoBigMoe.com

Photo courtesy LetsGoBigMoe.com

Miles McBride missed all but two games last season because of a foot injury he suffered while playing football.  The Moeller High School senior guard more than made up for lost time this season by helping the Crusaders to a perfect regular season, a third straight outright league championship, a No. 1 ranking all season in the Associated Press Division I state poll, and an overall winning streak that stands at 41 games entering this week’s sectional tournament. 

As a result, McBride was named both the Greater Catholic League South Division Player of the Year and its Defensive Player of the Year this past Sunday by league coaches, who also voted for the All-GCL South Basketball Teams.  McBride, who enters the postseason averaging 14.1 points (second among league leaders), 5.8 rebounds (third), 4.1 assists (first) and 2.2 steals (first), is one of five Moeller players named to the first and second teams.  Senior Alec Pfriem also earned first-team honors after leading the GCL South in scoring, at 15.4 points, ranking third in rebounding (6.3), second in assists (3.4) and third in field-goal percentage (59.4). 

Moeller’s Carl Kremer was named the league’s Coach of the Year after guiding his team to its second perfect regular season in the last three – Moeller finished 22-0 and advanced to the DI state final before falling to Massillon Jackson, 39-38, in the 2016-17 season.  Kremer, who has won outright or shared the league title and its top coaching honor the last seven seasons, led his team to a 20-game winning streak to close last season, including eight postseason victories and the school’s fourth state title.  Moeller is 21-0 this season and enters the sectional tournament as the No. 1 seed.  The Crusaders are a combined 76-4 the last three seasons. 

“Miles is a rare talent,” said Elder coach Joe Schoenfeld.  “He is both the best offensive and defensive player in the league.  He can guard anyone and be extremely dangerous when he is off the ball.  There is never a time, offensively or defensively, where you can’t pay attention to where Miles is on the floor.  As talented as he is, Miles seems like an extremely humble young man.  We wish him the best at West Virginia University (where he is signed to play) – and the sooner he leaves, the better.” 

Said St. Xavier coach Brian Kellett:  “Miles McBride is a one man press.  He changes every aspect of the game and his basketball IQ is off the charts.” 

 Also named to the GCL South first team were junior Willard Cluxton of Elder, who leads the second-place Panthers in scoring at 11.4 points to rank fifth among league leaders while dishing out 3.3 assists per game (which ranks third); junior guard Jaylen Lemons of La Salle, who averages team bests of 11.9 points (fourth) and 1.8 assists (fifth); and senior guard Nathan Stockman of St. Xavier, who leads the Bombers in scoring at 12.8 points while also averaging 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals.  Stockman also made first team last season. 

Moeller had three players on the second team – junior Max Land (8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 61.0 percent field-goal percentage, which ranks second); sophomore Logan Duncomb (7.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and league bests in blocks, 1.1, and field-goal percentage, 64.8); and sophomore Alex Williams, who is the team’s sixth man and averages 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds while shooting 56.7 percent (fifth).  Also voted to the second team were La Salle senior Nathan Vogelpohl, who averages 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists and steals while sinking 77 three-point goals; St. Xavier junior Hank Thomas, who averages 10.9 points, 6.5 rebounds (second) and posted four double-doubles; and Elder senior Michael Bittner, voted by league coaches after returning from an injury suffered in the football playoffs to help the Panthers win five of their final six regular-season games to take momentum into the postseason.

 

Here is a look at the 2018-19 All-GCL South Basketball Teams:

 

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER, SCHOOL, GRADE, HEIGHT

Willard Cluxton, Elder, Junior, 5-8

Jaylen Lemons, La Salle, Junior, 5-10

Miles McBride, Moeller, Senior, 6-2

Alec Pfriem, Moeller, Senior, 6-4

Nathan Stockman, St. Xavier, Senior, 6-1

 

SECOND TEAM

PLAYER, SCHOOL, GRADE, HEIGHT

Michael Bittner, Elder, Senior, 6-2

Logan Duncomb, Moeller, Sophomore, 6-8

Max Land, Moeller, Junior, 6-4

Hank Thomas, St. Xavier, Junior, 6-4

Nathan Vogelpohl, La Salle, Senior, 6-0

Alex Williams, Moeller, Sophomore, 6-4

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Miles McBride, Moeller

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Miles McBride, Moeller

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Carl Kremer, Moeller