DAYTON, Ohio – The Moeller basketball team won its fifth consecutive district title Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders defeated Kettering Fairmont 65-50 in Saturday’s second district final at University of Dayton Arena.
“Every journey every year starts as soon our banquet is over,” Moeller coach Carl Kremer said. “And that journey has nothing to do with the year before. …It’s a special trip for these guys.”
Moeller (23-3), winners of 16 consecutive games, advances to play the winner of Elder and Springfield in a Division I regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.
Moeller’s defense really improved the second half of the season, and Kremer was pleased with the effort.
Saturday marked Moeller’s 12 consecutive district final. The Crusaders improved to 9-3 during that time.
Moeller senior guard Jeremiah Davenport, a Wright State signee, had 20 points and five rebounds.
“This team has been together so long,” Davenport said. “We know what it takes to get it done.”
Senior forward Jaxson Hayes, a Texas signee, had 17 points, seven blocks and four rebounds.
“It means a lot to us to make it to (district) five years in a row,” Hayes said. “It’s really special.”
Junior forward Alec Pfriem had 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Moeller led Fairmont 23-20 at halftime. Hayes and Davenport had seven points each at halftime.
The Crusaders struck quickly in the third quarter and went on an 8-0 run that included dunks by Hayes and Davenport. Moeller led 46-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Fairmont finished the season with a 16-10 record. Ryan Hall had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Firebirds.
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