Moeller is looking like the best D-I team in the state of Ohio right now, and they used Thursday’s Regional match-up against Springfield to prove that point. It was a dominating performance for the Crusaders as they downed the Blue Devils 65-44 to move on to the Elite 8.
It was a wire to wire win for Coach Kremer’s squad, with Wright St. commit Jeremiah Davenport leading the way with a game-high 25 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Davenport showed why he is one of the best wing players in the state, scoring in a variety of ways and effecting the game is all areas. Texas commit Jaxson Hayes also helped tremendously with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks to go along with maybe the most spectacular missed dunk I have ever seen. 2019 G Alec Pfriem (PHO #17) also had an outstanding all-around game with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assist.
For Springfield G Jajuan Rodgers had a strong performance finishing with 15 points on 6-9 shooting from the field. Ohio Bobcat football recruit RaHeim Moss finished with 11 points in a losing effort.
Five Takeaways: Springfield vs. Moeller
- It was a tough night for Cincinnati football commit Leonard Taylor. The length of Hayes and Davenport created problems for the Springfield forward all evening in the paint. Taylor finished the evening with 6 points on 2-8 shooting.
- If I have said it once, I’ll say it again. Alec Pfreim can hurt you in so many ways. He can act as another ball-handler and play-maker, can score the rock when asked while also being able to guard multiple positions. Pfreim currently has an offer from Western Carolina on the table but expect that list to grow over this next year.
- The versatility with which the Crusaders can play on offensive is impressive. Like most GCL-South teams, they can pick you apart in the half-court. But what makes this year’s team so good is the ability to push the pace. When Springfield tried to press full-court, Moeller executed with ease and put on a mini dunk contest most of the 4th They can give it to you anyway you like it.
- If there is one achilles heel for the Moeller it would be the 19 TO’s they committed. Their next match-up is against Wayne and their talented trio of guards (Darius Quisenberry, Deshon Parker and Ronnie Hampton). These guards can turn defense into offense in a hurry, so the Crusaders will want to value the ball.
- If you are Texas fan, you are going to love what Jaxson Hayes brings to the table. An athletic shot-blocking big man who runs the court like a deer. It’s going to be fun to watch his growth and development as a player while he is in Austin.