SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Although the undefeated Moeller Crusaders were expected to capture the Greater Catholic League South conference for a third consecutive year, no one inside the locker room was taking the accomplishment for granted after the Friday night title game.
“It’s just important to leave a legacy for the people that played before us because there have been so many great teams that have come through here so it’s important to keep the tradition going,” senior forward Alec Pfriem said.
Moeller, the reigning Division I state champion, extended its home winning streak to 33 consecutive games in a 59-32 win over Elder.
The Crusaders (19-0, 5-0 GCL South), ranked No. 22 nationally by the MaxPreps Computer Rankings and No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, have won seven consecutive GCL South titles overall (outright or shared).
That is the most consecutive league titles of any Cincinnati-area high school boys’ basketball program. The team ranks among the state’s best on the Ohio High Athletic Association all-time list.
“We’ve been so fortunate here in recent years to win so many,” Moeller coach Carl Kremer said. “But, I think it’s really important that we do understand how special it is. It doesn’t always come. In this league, everybody is going to fight you tooth and nail. I think it’s really important to take the time to celebrate the big victories along the way.”
Moeller sophomore Logan Duncomb had 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Duncomb was effective on the boards and around the rim with putbacks.
“He’s a 15-year-old sophomore, but he’s a really special player,” Kremer said.
Pfriem had 15 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Miles McBride had 12 points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Crusaders (19-0, 5-0 GCL South) have won 39 consecutive games and are 74-4 going back to the 2016-17 season. The significance of the GCL title was very apparent for the seniors.
“It means a lot really,” McBride said. “That’s always a focus going into the season – winning GCL - and doing it in five games feels amazing. The coaches are really proud of us.”
Moeller led 45-29 at the end of the third quarter after leading 33-17 at halftime. McBride had 10 points and six assists in the first half. Moeller went on a 15-0 run over the final 4:03 of the first half which set the foundation.
Moeller outscored Elder 14-3 in the fourth quarter.
Moeller next plays host to Purcell Marian at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Crusaders conclude the regular season against visiting St. Xavier Feb. 15.
Elder (10-10, 2-3 GCL South) was led by senior Michael Bittner with 11 points. Elder had won four consecutive games prior to Friday night and will play host to La Salle Feb. 15.