2013-12-17 / Front Page

Clovers Wins Putnam County 2013 Basketball Tournament

by Donna Hardy
Correspondent


The Cloverdale varsity boys’ basketball team recently came away with the Putnam County Tournament championship at Greencastle, defeating the host Tiger Cubs in the opening game and the North Putnam Cougars in the title game. Cheerleaders, coaches, and members of the team are shown above celebrating after their win. (Courtesy Photo) The Cloverdale varsity boys’ basketball team recently came away with the Putnam County Tournament championship at Greencastle, defeating the host Tiger Cubs in the opening game and the North Putnam Cougars in the title game. Cheerleaders, coaches, and members of the team are shown above celebrating after their win. (Courtesy Photo) “All in all, it was just a great day to be a Clover.”

The recent 2013 Putnam County Tournament could not have been put into better words than those spoken by Cloverdale varsity boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady after his team succeeded in bringing home the county title.

The tournament was scheduled to begin Friday, December 6 with first round games. However, the weather prevented those games, which were rescheduled for Saturday morning, December 7.

Cloverdale was paired up with Greencastle in the opening game of the tournament, and it didn’t start off in favor of the Clovers. “We knew it was going to be tough,” explained coach Rady, noting that it is always difficult to play Greencastle on their home court.

The Clovers trailed throughout much of the game, down 11-9 after the first quarter and 31-27 at the half.

But coach Rady’s squad came out ready to play in the second half, gearing up for a comeback. They inched closer during the third quarter, cutting the lead but still trailing 44-22.

Cloverdale put on a solid man-to-man defense in the second half, which helped them to gain control of the game. They were also able to draw fouls by taking the ball to the basket. “We drove the ball to the basket well,” coach Rady said.

Their desire to win helped the Clovers outscore Greencastle 18-12 in the fourth quarter and steal a 60-56 win to send them to the championship game.

Cloverdale was solid at the free throw line, shooting 26-of-33 as a team for 78 percent accuracy. They also kept their turnovers down to 12.

Leading the team on the scoreboard was Marquise Moore with 27 points and four assists, while Cooper Neese also put up double figures with 20. Brandson Scott had eight points, Brandon Dorman four, and Kade Schroer one.

Scott also came up big on the boards with 11 rebounds. Moore had six rebounds, Neese five, Schroer three, Dorman two, and Fred Fislar and Brandon Hughes one each.

Greencastle had two players in double figures, led by Brody Bollman with 21 and Ryan Coble with 16.

North Putnam had defeated South Putnam in their first-round game to make it to the title game against the Clovers on Saturday night.

“They’ve got a lot of their players back,” coach Rady noted of their Cougar opponents. He added that they started out their season 2-0 and had no trouble defeating both opponents.

It was evident from the start of the game, as well, that they were going to be tough to beat. North Putnam led throughout most of the game. Cloverdale trailed 14-9 after the first quarter and went down by nine points at the half, the score 30-21.

The Clovers didn’t lose any ground but still trailed 46-37 at the end of the third quarter. It was the fourth quarter that made the difference in the game. “Shots started falling,” coach Rady said.

Cloverdale inched its way back through the fourth quarter, able to tie things up with just over a minute to play. Then, with 14 seconds to play, Scott stepped up to take a charge, giving the ball back to the Clovers. This play set up a last second shot by Neese that went in to give the Clovers the 60-58 victory.

“It was a good team win,” explained coach Rady. And he was extremely pleased with the crowd. “We had a great crowd... The community of Cloverdale was really behind us.”

Moore and Neese again came up big for the Clovers, leading with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Scott added nine points, Dorman five, and Schroer three.

Scott pulled down 13 rebounds, Dorman six, Neese four, and Moore two.

North Putnam’s Jordan Nauert and Michael Roberts each had 17 points and Bennett Hazelgrove had 15 to lead their team.

Following the championship win, the Clovers received a police escort back home. “That was a great thrill,” coach Rady added, explaining that it made their win even more special. He and the Cloverdale squad are extremely appreciative of the support they have received from the Cloverdale community.

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