Author: Danny Gross

Game of the Week: Alter set to face Moeller on Friday in a highly anticipated battle

One more sleep until the Knights hit the hardwood against the Crusaders. In what is a highly anticipated matchup that has been moved to Centerville high school in order to accommodate all the fans that plan to attend the game. A good old GCL Co-Ed verses South battle. The last time these two foes played against each other Moeller was victorious on January 17, 2017 with a 60-46 win.

Moeller is known for their great tradition with 5 state championships. With their last title coming in 2018. Big Moe is also known for their ability to produce great players and get them to the next level is. Players like Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans Pelicans) and Deuce McBride (New York Knicks) are examples of the products down there on Montgomery road. This years Moeller team is as good as usual.

Moeller graduate and Indiana center Logan Duncomb

The Crusaders come in 2-0. They’re fresh off of a win in their home opener against Princeton (63-50) on Tuesday evening. They also went on the road this past Saturday and defeated Walnut Hills in overtime 60-51. This team is lead by senior guard/forward Evan Mahaffey. He signed to play basketball at Penn State last month and has been putting up good numbers in their first two games. He is surrounded by a younger core of guys. With only two other seniors getting big minutes, Evan looks to lead this team to victory Friday night.

Moeller senior and Penn State commit Evan Mahaffey

As for Alter, they look to continue getting resume building wins. When junior guard Anthony Ruffolo was asked about the game this Friday he said , “I’m excited for a great opportunity to face a really good team and show what our team is all about. We’ve all been looking forward to this one for a while.” The Knights come in off a buzzer-beating victory last Saturday against Indiana powerhouse Homestead.

Alter junior guard Anthony Ruffolo

Here’s what Junior guard Gavin Geisel had to say about their next opponent and the environment Friday night. “I’ve been looking forward to the Moeller game for months now. I know that we all are excited to experience the environment that we missed out on last year. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that we aren’t playing at our home gym, but that’s not the point. I am always confident in the guys I play with so we should be able to get it done tomorrow.”

Alter junior guard Gavin Geisel

Jacob Connor, Marshall commit, had a great start to his senior season with 29 points 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. But it didn’t stop there as senior guard Ryan Chew chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Juniors Anthony Ruffolo and Gavin Geisel each had 9, while AJ Leen had 10 and hit the game winner for the Knights. This looks to be one of the hottest tickets in the area Friday night as two of Dayton and Cincinnati’s best square off at Centerville High School.

Alter senior guard and Marshall commit Jacob Conner