Moeller, Brackman Split Weekend Matchups

What an emotional weekend for the Moeller (OH) High School's Varsity basketball team. After losing to rival LaSalle Friday night 52-51, the Crusaders bounced back with a huge victory over Akron (OH) St. Vincent St. Mary's last night 71-69.

LaSalle 52 Moeller 51

Moeller traveled to LaSalle Friday night as heavy favorites, but left stunned, losing 52-51 on a Justin Orr 3-pointer with 7 seconds left. Orr,a senior forward who is the nephew of Seton Hall Head Coach Louis Orr, finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

"It's the ultimate feeling, beating a great team with the last shot," Orr told the Cincinnati Enquirer, shouting above the din at midcourt shortly after the game. "The play was just for whoever could get open to take the shot. ... I'm kind of shocked myself right now."

Moeller was led by forwards Josh Duncan and Andrew Brackman, who finished with 17 and 15 points respectively.

LaSalle now finds itself alone in first place of the Greater Catholic League South, 12-0 and 6-0 in conference play. Moeller dropped to 12-2 on the season and 6-1 in the division.

Moeller 71 St. Vincent's 69

The Crusaders had no time to sulk from the LaSalle loss, as next up was Akron (OH) St. Vincent St. Mary's, the defending mythical national champions. St. Vincent St. Mary's is the alma mater of NBA star Lebron James, who led the Irish to an undefeated season last year.

Trailing throughout the game, Moeller rallied from ten points down to defeat the Irish 71-69 on a Bubba Walther jumper with two seconds left.

NC State signee Andrew Brackman led the Crusaders with 21 points while Walther finished with 17 and forward Josh Duncan added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The win improved Moeller's record to 13-2 on the season while St. Vincent St. Mary's fell to 12-3.

Next up for Moeller is a road game this Friday night against Purcell Marian High School.

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