Moeller cruises past Ryle, 59-43

Moeller cruises past Ryle, 59-43

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Moeller cruises past Ryle, 59-43

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Sam Hansen of Moeller tries to block out Tyrek Owens of Ryle. Moeller travels across the river to take on the Ryle Raiders in early season play. They met on Friday, December 4th, 2015.

Sam Hansen of Moeller tries to block out Tyrek Owens of Ryle. Moeller travels across the river to take on the Ryle Raiders in early season play. They met on Friday, December 4th, 2015.

The Moeller boys’ basketball team extended its early-season success to both sides of the Ohio River on Friday with a 59-43 win over Ryle in Union.

Moeller, a Tuesday winner against Kings, improved its record to 2-0 while dropping Ryle to 1-1.

The Raiders won their opener against Grant County. But Moeller, ranked No. 1 in The Enquirer Ohio area Division I poll, was a different story for its second win in two seasons against the Raiders. The Crusaders won last season’s meeting, 58-28.

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It was of no consolation to Ryle coach David McFarland that the Raiders were able to greatly cut the margin against the three-time Ohio big-school state champion in the return engagement.

“There are no consolations for us,” said McFarland, whose much-improved squad is coming off a 6-23 season. The Raiders were 33rd District champions in 2014. “What I liked is how hard we played, and how hard we competed.”

The Crusaders bolted to a 9-2 first-quarter lead while holding Ryle to 1-for-12 shooting from the field, and led 29-14 at halftime. The Raiders shot just 4-for-22 in the opening half while Moeller gained control.

“We stayed together,” said Crusaders point guard Nate Georgeton. “This is a nice win on the road for us.”

Shooting guard Isaiah Payton shot 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range and led the Crusaders with 13 points. Georgeton was next with 11. He added six assists and three steals. Caleb Canter had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Moeller, an 18-9 finisher last season and regional tournament semifinalist. The Crusaders last won a state championship in 2007.

Jared Webster led Ryle with 13 points. Tyrek Owens was next with eight. Owens pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

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Moeller forged an 15-point first-half lead Friday with 2:22 left before the break on a put-back basket by Keegan McDowell. Ryle outscored the Crusaders 6-3 the rest of the half in one of several junctures during which the Raiders were able to stay with the bigger Crusaders.

“We came in knowing Ryle is really well-coached, and they showed that, so hats off to Ryle” said Moeller coach Carl Kremer. His squad overcame 21 turnovers with 47.5-percent shooting from the field while holding Ryle without a 3-point basket on seven attempts. “The thing for us is, this is a process.”

Ryle hung with Moeller for much of the second half on the strength of a 10-2 third-quarter sprint that cut the lead to nine at 33-24. The Crusaders closed the quarter on a 5-0 run with a 3-point basket from Payton at the buzzer, pushing the lead back to 16.

Moeller 9 20 12 18 — 59

Ryle 2 12 11 18 — 43

Moeller (2-0) – Payton 4 2 13, Georgeton 2 7 11, Canter 3 1 8, McCracken 3 0 6, McDowell 3 0 6, Wead 2 2 6, Voss 1 3 5, McBride 1 1 3, Hansen 0 1 1. Totals 19 16 59

Ryle (1-1) – Webster 5 3 13, Owens 2 4 8, Turner 3 1 7, Legg 2 1 5, Driscoll 1 2 4, O’Hara 1 2 4, Cheesman 1 0 2. Totals 15 13 43.

Halftime: Moeller, 29-14. 3-pointers: M 5 (Payton 3, Wead, Canter).

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