Mar 16, 2011

Wednesday Regional Semi-Final Scores:

Charlie Byers competitiveness helped Moeller advance.

Great night for basketball if you a GCL fan, if not you might want to skip this article! Both Moeller and LaSalle flexed their muscles against the competition and moved on to advance to the regional final, which (for the second year in a row) will be a rubber match between the rivals. For those who were in attendance at the games at Cintas the stars did not disappoint tonight as we saw several memorable performances. In DIII the favored teams, Summit and Taft, took care of business as they now prepare to meet in the regional final.
 Photos from the Division 1 games 
  • Josh Davenport is starting to look
    like a superstar in the making at Moeller.
    Moeller 67 Withrow 58: The Crusaders used the same old formula that they always do to win this one- defend, rebound, defend, rebound, defend, and don't turn the ball over. Moeller worked the ball around to perfection all night long, eventually finding Josh Davenport and Charlie Byers to go ahead and put it in the bucket. Davenport, a sophomore wing, is truly blossoming at Moeller right now as he had another great night with 18 points (7-11 shooting) and 11 rebounds. Davenport also had a big time dunk over the top of an out-stretched Devin Williams off a second quarter in-bounds play. Byers scored 18 as well, dished out 4 assists, and recorded 6 steals. Moeller got its usual defensive boost from Alex Barlow (who scored 9 points) while Ben Galemmo added 8 points for the Crusaders and senior Hayden Frey scored 5 off the bench including a dunk to “close the door” on Withrow's season with under a minute to play. Aaron Thomas made his last Withrow game one for fans to remember as he poured in 19 points and relentlessly attacked offensively, while doing a pretty good job of slowing down Byers. Tim Coleman and Carl Porter each added 12 points for Withrow while Devin Williams chipped in 8 with 11 boards. The key to the game was Moeller matching Withrow on the glass, where the count was tied at 26; while controlling the tempo as well. Coach Kramer's decision to go zone in the second half really confused the Withrow players who resorted to launching tough jumpers. The Crusaders will hope that their defense holds up on Friday in the regional final against LaSalle. 

  • Brandon Neel put on a show at Cintas tonight.
    LaSalle 64 Winton Woods 58: The Lancers raced out to a 20 point halftime lead, and although they tried their hardest, the Warriors could never come back within reach as this game wasn't as close as the score would lead you to believe. Brandon Neel had his best game in a LaSalle uniform as he out-dueled Semaj Christon en route to 34 points. Neel came out aggressive from the start and once he found his jumper there was no way for Winton Woods to slow him down. The entire game was fast paced, as both teams love to run (and start 5 guards). Semaj was not to be outdone as he poured in 32 points of his own, as he finished everything near the basket in transition. When the Warriors came out of the locker room for the second half Semaj put them on his back and slowly chipped away at the lead, but Winton Woods ran out of time. Frustration set in late as a brief skirmish between the two teams spilled over to a dispute between Warrior teammates. The other key player for LaSalle was Matt Woeste, who just seemed to be everywhere tonight. Woeste scored 4 points with 6 rebounds and his energy powered LaSalle through that huge first half run. Josh Lemons scored 9 for LaSalle and Ryan Fleming added 10 to compliment Neel. If LaSalle's offense continues to come this easy they should be able to provide some quality entertainment against Moeller on Friday.

  • Taft 90 Clark 72: Adolphus led Taft with 27 points and 21 rebounds as they wore down Clark in the second half. Taft struggled early with foul trouble and sluggishness but caught fire in the third to take control.  Jalean Lowe continued his nice shooting streak by scoring 23 points on the night and Marquez Johnson added 14 for the Senators. Taft will meet Summit in the regional final on Saturday.

  • Summit 67 Heath 51: Freshman PG Antonio Woods scored a career high 20 points as Summit refused to allow Heath to come back in the second half. The Silver Knights will meet Taft in the regional final on Saturday.

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