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Clovers Repeat As WCC Champs; Travel To Owen Valley Tonight

by Tamara Bingham
Correspondent

It was a rematch of the Putnam County Tournament’s final consolation game last December, which the Clovers had won easily. This past Saturday night’s matchup was much like the first with Cloverdale handily defeating South Putnam 77-35, to earn the West Central Conference (WCC) title in back-to-back years.

Cloverdale came out hot from the start, controlling the tip and easily garnering the first basket of the game. South Putnam was left dazed as the Clovers skillfully played through, over, and around the Eagles’ defense, getting easy baskets and forcing numerous turnovers. The Clovers nearly shut down the Eagles in the first quarter, outscoring them 31-5.

Cloverdale’s dominance continued into the second quarter. Although the Eagles managed to hold the Clovers to just 17 points, they simple could not convert baskets. The half ended with Cloverdale up 48- 13.

The third quarter didn’t fare any better for South Putnam. Confused by the Clovers’ “chaos defense,” the Eagles only managed to score two more points, while committing 28 turnovers for the night.

Yet, although they were trailing 64-15 at the start of the fourth, South Putnam refused to give up.

The last quarter saw some exciting Eagles play as their defense effectively held down the Clovers allowing them to outscore Cloverdale 20-13. But, it was Cloverdale’s night. Profiting from 18 steals, 19 assists, and numerous Eagle turnovers, the Clovers easily won, 77-35.

“We challenged the players to be ready right from the start and to be focused on causing chaos,” Cloverdale coach Pat Rady said. “The kids came out focused. They played good team basketball tonight.”

Cloverdale had four players in double figures. Kj Coleman led the scoring with 22 points, while Marquise Moore had 18, Cooper Neese 15, and Brantson Scott 11.

Chad Menke and Trevor Long led the Eagles in scoring with 12 and 11 points.

The Clovers, now 14-5, will face another formidable opponent Tuesday, February 3, when they travel to Owen Valley for a nonconference contest against the 6-8 Patriots. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Cloverdale has never beaten Owen Valley on their home court, so this should be a very exciting match-up.

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Cloverdale - 77
3PFG AFG FT PF Pts
J. Moore 1-1 2-4 0-0 0 5
C. Neese 2-5 6-13 1-1 1 15
M. Moore 0-2 9-13 0-0 1 18
D. Duff 0-0 0-1 0-1 2 0
Kj Coleman 0-0 9-9 4-5 0 22
R. Heavener 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0
N. Winders 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
B. Scott 0-0 5-8 1-3 2 11
B. White 0-1 1-4 1-2 0 3
S. Pfaff 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0
B. Hall 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 2
T. Lotz 0-0 0-1 1-2 3 1
Totals 3-11 33-56 8-14 10 77
South Putnam - 35
3PFGAFG FT PF Pts
T. Burton 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
J. Stewart 0-1 0-4 0-0 1 0
J. Parks 0-0 0-1 1-2 2 1
G. McHugh 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
D. Grundlock 0-0 1-2 0-0 1 2
T. Long 1-2 5-8 0-2 4 11
B. Freeman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
J. Schroer 1-2 2-3 0-0 2 5
J. Carmichael 0-0 2-8 0-2 3 4
B. Clearwaters 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
C. Menke 0-0 5-8 2-3 0 12
W. Lesko 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0
Totals 2-5 15-34 3-9 14
35
1st 2nd 3rd 4thFinal
Clovers (14-5) 31 17 16 13 77
Eagles(1-14) 5822035

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