Springfield senior Leonard Taylor addresses a 65-44 loss to Moeller in a boys high school basketball D-I regional semifinal at the Cintas Center on Wed., March 14, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Moeller takes out Springfield 65-44 in D-I regional semi

The Wildcats’ celebrated season came to a skidding 65-44 halt in a boys high school basketball Division I regional semifinal at Xavier University’s Cintas Center on Wednesday night. Moeller (24-3) will play the Wayne/Princeton winner in Friday night’s D-I regional final also at the Cintas.

Springfield ends the season at 21-5 with its second straight regional trip.

It’s the end for Springfield senior Michael Wallace. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Moeller had already hammered host Springfield 56-39 in the regular season and it was more of the same in this Sweet 16 matchup. The Wildcats needed everything to be clicking against last season’s D-I state runner-up and it was anything but.

Moeller’s Jeremiah Davenport scored a game-high 25 points. Jaxson Hayes, Moeller’s 6-10 senior center, added 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

Springfield was led by Jajuan Rodgers’ 15 ponits on 6 of 9 shooting. RaHeim Moss added 11 points.

Moeller led 29-16 at halftime and stretched it to 46-25 at the end of the third.

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