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Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese Scores 1,000th Career Point In Saturday Win Over Southmont

by Brent Ranard
for The Hoosier Topics


Cloverdale junior guard Cooper Neese knocks down a shot from behind the arch to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. Neese connected on the shot with 3:24 left on the clock in the second quarter of last Saturday night’s game against the visiting Southmont Mounties. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Cloverdale junior guard Cooper Neese knocks down a shot from behind the arch to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. Neese connected on the shot with 3:24 left on the clock in the second quarter of last Saturday night’s game against the visiting Southmont Mounties. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Cloverdale’s varsity boys’ basketball team defeated the visiting Southmont Mounties 67-58 last Saturday on the newly-dedicated Tucker Court to raise their record to 3-2 on the year.

The game was very closely contested most of the night with the Clovers taking a 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Mounties fought back to take a one point lead at the half, 29-28.

After the intermission it was more back-and-forth action as both teams were tied going into the fourth quarter 46-46. The Clovers were able to dominate the last stanza behind the outstanding play of guards Cooper Neese and Jalen Moore. They outscored Southmont 21-12 to take the nine-point win.


Sophomore guard Jalen Moore scored 22 points to help lead Cloverdale to a 67-58 win over Southmont last Saturday. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Sophomore guard Jalen Moore scored 22 points to help lead Cloverdale to a 67-58 win over Southmont last Saturday. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Neese had another banner night, scoring 31 points and pulling down eight rebounds. He also surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in his Cloverdale career with this only being the fifth game of his junior year.

Cloverdale head coach Patrick Rady was very proud of Neese for joining the 1,000-point club. “Cooper is a special kid,” he said. “He loves playing for Cloverdale and putting on the jersey. He has dedicated many hours of time to the game of basketball in this gym so it was rewarding for him to score his 1,000th point at home.”

Moore, a 5’8” sophomore, continued his double-digit scoring by contributing 22 points. He scored 18 points on Friday night against Edgewood and continues to show his ability to get the ball to Neese and the other Clovers from his point guard spot.

Sophomore Nick Winders had a solid night as well, scoring eight points and pulling down seven rebounds for the Clovers. Senior Robert Nally added six points to round out the scoring.

Seth Pfaff pulled down four rebounds, Jake Wilkes three, Nally three, Brenen Hall two.

Coach Rady was pleased with this hard-fought win over the Southmont Mounties (2-2). “Southmont is a hard team to guard. They push the ball up the floor in transition and have three outstanding shooters,” he said. “They caused problems for us early but to our kids’ credit we made some adjustments at half-time that worked. I thought our half-court ball movement in the second half was the best so far this season. We definitely have things to improve upon on both ends of the floor but I thought we took a big step forward (Saturday).”

A huge crowd was on hand for the ceremonial dedication of Tucker Court. When asked about the atmosphere Saturday night, Rady could hardly contain his excitement. “What special night for the whole Cloverdale community! You couldn’t have written a better script,’ he said. “Two names that have been synonymous with Cloverdale basketball for many years: Tucker and Neese. To be able to honor coach Al Tucker for his impact on this program and community and to have Cooper score his 1,000th point and then have his father present the ball was just a very special moment in the Cloverdale basketball lore. I know that I will never forget it.”

The Clovers will have back-to-back road games this weekend. They will head to North Putnam (0-3) on Friday night, December 11 for a Western Indiana Conference East division contest and then to Monrovia (1-1) on Saturday night, December 12. Both games will tip-off at 7:30.

Rady knows it will be a challenge for his ball club. “This will be another test for us,” he added. “back-toback road games at places that are difficult to get a win.”

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