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Memorable Season Comes To An End For Cloverdale At Greenfield Regional

by Tamara Bingham
Correspondent


Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese finished with a gamehigh 34 points, connecting on 7-of-14 three-point attempts. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese finished with a gamehigh 34 points, connecting on 7-of-14 three-point attempts. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale controlled the opening tip. Cooper Neese hit a three, putting up the first points of the game. The Indianapolis Crispus Attucks Tigers countered with a three attempt, missed, but drew an early personal foul on Brantson Scott. The Tigers hit 1-of-2 from the line. Marquise Moore snagged the rebound, drove to the baseline, drew the foul, but missed both at the line. It was a foreboding of what would be an uncharacteristically cold afternoon from the line for the Clovers in Saturday’s regional, held at Greenfield-Central High School.

Marquise stole the inbound, drove to the baseline, but was called for a charge. The Clovers again stole the rebound. Cooper was fouled and made both, giving Cloverdale a 7-1 lead. With 5:00 left in the opener, Brantson committed his second foul on a tip and sat out the rest of the quarter.


Cloverdale’s Brantson Scott battles for a rebound in the second half of Saturday’s hard-fought regional loss. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Cloverdale’s Brantson Scott battles for a rebound in the second half of Saturday’s hard-fought regional loss. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Senior forward Darrell Hutchinson scored inside for the Tigers, cutting the lead to 7-5. Attucks got into early foul trouble, committing five team fouls by the 3:00 mark and was forced two sit two players with two fouls each.

The end of the quarter saw some fast paced play with three changes of possession before the Tigers hit a three, taking their first lead of the game, 8-7. The Tigers went on to steal the inbound. Hutchinson scored inside, and the Attucks Tigers went up 10-7.

Cloverdale freshman guard Jalen Moore got fouled hard, hitting the deck. This gave Attucks players with two fouls, and Attucks three.

Brantson started the second quarter for the Clovers. The Tigers came out man-to-man. They took advantage of a missed pass, going up six. Cloverdale answered with two. Then, Kj hit a long three, cutting the deficit to one, 22-21.

Hutchinson got fouled inside by Kj, his second and Cloverdale’s third player with two fouls. Hutchinson hit 2-of-2 from the line putting the Tigers up, 24-21.

It became a very physical game. Cloverdale started rotating the bench, trying to give the players a rest. sending Hutchinson to the line; he hit 1-of-2 attempts, scoring his sixteenth point of the game.

Hutchinson fouled Jalen on the rebound. Jalen hit 1-of-2, then committed his first foul of the night. Crispus Attucks went up by nine with 1:15 left in the half. Jalen got fouled again, but couldn’t convert. The Tigers got the rebound and Jalen committed his second foul of the game. Cooper snagged the rebound and tried for a half court buzzer shot, but missed. The half ended with the Tigers up 42-32.

Brantson and Marquise started the third for Cloverdale. The Tigers committed several fouls in the first minute of the third, placing two Attucks players in trouble with three infractions each. Cloverdale was unable to convert, missing both. Cooper got the rebound, passing to Marquise who hit the three. The Tigers turned the ball over, but Cloverdale missed the three. The Tigers rebounded and scored. Brantson spun inside netting a two. Kj got charged with his first foul. Attucks hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line. Cooper drove and scored, cutting the lead to 45-39.

The Tigers turned the ball over again, but Cloverdale missed the three. The Tigers rebounded and scored two. Cooper responded with a long three, bringing the Clovers within five, 47-42. Kj got fouled on a three attempt, but was only able to convert 1-of-3 from the line. Hutchinson scored inside, drawing the foul on Brantson.

Cooper score on the tip, but got called for his first foul. Hutchinson scored his 19th point of the game, putting the Tigers up 54-45. Cloverdale called a time-out with 3:15 left in the quarter. Out of the break, Cooper hit a two from the line, making the score 54-47. Jalen got called for his third foul.

The Tigers missed a three attempt. Marquise hit an awesome left-handed three. The Tigers responded. Duke Duff came back with two. Marquise got a steal and hit a 15-ft three. The Tigers held the ball for the last seconds of the third. The quarter ended with Attucks up 60- 52.

The Tigers started the fourth with a rebound put-back from Hutchinson, his 25th point of the night. Marquise drove to the lane, but missed the front end. Cooper battled Hutchinson for the rebound, drawing the foul, and hitting 1-of-2 at the line. Marquise drew the foul, but missed both attempts. Cooper got hot, sinking two threes in a row and cutting the lead to five with only 5:40 left in the game.

The Tigers got the ball and started working the clock. Kj got called for his fourth and Brantson fouled out of the game. With 4:26 left, a Tiger basket put them up 69-62. The Clovers commit another foul, and the Tigers hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, going up 70-62. Duke responded, hitting the three, and making it a five-point game. Kj blocked the defender and got the score on the rebound, making the score 70-67. Kj snagged another rebound, passing to Cooper who hit the three, tying the game 70-70. Tyler fouled Hutchinson who hit 2-of-2 at the line.

The score was 72-70 with just 2:04 left in the game. A pressured Marquise lost the handle (no foul called), causing Tyler and Hutchinson to battle for the ball. Both fell hard to the floor, with Tyler charged with the foul. Hutchinson hit 1-of-2 from the line, got the rebound, and completed the three point play.

The score was 75-70 with just over a minute left in play. The battle for possession became even more intense. Jalen got hit hard and fell to the floor (no foul called), got back into the ball fight, and was called for the foul. The Tigers hit both from the line, got the steal, and scored again to go up 79-70. Marquise drew the foul, hitting 1-of-2 attempts from the line. Cooper snagged the rebound, passing to Coleman who missed the three. Marquise drew another foul, hitting both to make it a six-point game, 79-73. The Tigers quickly scored two. Marquise responded with a long three, making it 81-76 with just 0:40 left in the game.

But, Crispus Attucks had the ball. Cloverdale had no choice but to foul. The Tigers hit both, then quickly fouled. The Clovers hit 1-of-2. The Tigers drew another foul, hitting 1-of-2 atempts. With only 0:10 left, Marquise broke away for a three attempt. The ball bounced out. Duke snagged the rebound and went for the last-second shot, but the ball wouldn’t roll. The buzzer sounded and the nail-bitting battle ended with Crispus Attucks the victors, 84-77.

It was a very exciting, blood-rushing regional match-up. The game was close, so very close. Both teams played with heart and determination. Both teams desperately wanted the win. It was an epic battle. But, the play couldn’t go on forever. In the end, one team wins and one team goes home. Saturday afternoon, Cloverdale went home. Not as losers, but as proud recipients of a tournament inspiringly played. Thank you, Cloverdale boys’ basketball, for giving us a season to remember.

Crispus Attucks fell in the night’s championship game, 92-77, to Park Tudor (24-2). The Panthers will face the 22-6 Linton- Stockton Miners this coming Saturday, March 21, at the Southport semi-state. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m.

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Cloverdale - 77

3PFG AFG FT PF Pts
J. Moore
0-1 0-1 5-10 5 5
C. Neese
7-14 11-21 5-7 1 34
M. Moore
2-4 5-12 4-9 4 16
D. Duff
1-3 1-4 0-0 2 3
KjColeman
2-5 6-13 1-3 3 15

B. Scott
0-1 2-4 0-2 5 4
T. Lotz
0-0 0-0 0-0 4 0
Totals 12-28 25-55 15-31 24 77

Crispus Attucks - 84

3PFG AFG FT PF Pts
S. Rolle 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
T. Scanlan 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 3
I. Waire 0-2 5-8 7-10 3 17
D. Reed 0-0 3-3 0-2 5 6
O. Robinson 0-0 3-4 0-0 4 6
R. McMichel 1-4 4-8 1-2 1 10
I. Lockerhart 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
D. Bailey 0-7 1-11 4-8 4 6
G. Eldridge 0-0 4-5 0-0 4 8
D.Hutchinson 0-0 10-15 8-11 3 28
Totals 2-14 31-56 20-33 24 84

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Clovers (22-6) 16 16 20 25 77
Tigers
(19-5) 20 22 18 24 84

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