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Clovers Fall In Regional Opener To Northeastern Knights, 94-74

Staff Report


Head coach Patrick Rady directs his team from the sideline late in the second half of Saturday’s regional opener at Greenfield-Central High School. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Head coach Patrick Rady directs his team from the sideline late in the second half of Saturday’s regional opener at Greenfield-Central High School. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Cloverdale (19-8) capped another memorable season Saturday at the Greenfield-Central regional with a 94-74 loss to the fourth-ranked Northeastern Knights.

“I thought we played well offensively and forced them to change the way they wanted to defend,” first-year Cloverdale head coach Patrick Rady said. “I thought Jalen (Moore) and Cooper (Neese) did an outstanding job of breaking down their defense. Unfortunately we didn’t defend well enough to win. They shot extremely well (57 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the three-point line). We chose to start the game packing it inside and they made us pay by hitting multiple three’s. When we extended our defense they hurt us with dribble penetration. To beat a team like Northeastern your defense has to be good at early help on dribble penetration and quick recovery to shooters.”


Freshman forward Jacob Wilkes jockeys for rebounding position with Northeastern’s 6’6” Nate Reynolds in the first half of Saturday’s regional loss. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Freshman forward Jacob Wilkes jockeys for rebounding position with Northeastern’s 6’6” Nate Reynolds in the first half of Saturday’s regional loss. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) The game was fast paced from the opening tip, with the Knights winning the first quarter battle, 27-20.

Second quarter action was more of the same, highlighted by a buzzer beating half-court shot by Neese that cut the deficit to two, 42-40, at the half.

Neese paced the squad with 17 first half points, followed by Moore with 11, sophomore forward Nick Winders eight, and freshman forward Jacob Wilkes four.

The Knights would take control in the third quarter, going on a 9-0 run and ending the frame up 78-52.

Neese went on to score 16 of his team-high 35 points in the fourth quarter after scoring just two in the third.


Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese scored a team-high 35 points in Saturday’s regional opening loss to the Northeastern Knights. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese scored a team-high 35 points in Saturday’s regional opening loss to the Northeastern Knights. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Looking back on the 2015-2016 season, which culminated in the school’s second consecutive class 2A sectional title, Rady said, “As a coach the biggest thing, outside of the wins and losses, you look for is improvement. Does the team get better as the season goes on. I thought we got better as a team and thought we had individuals get better too. I think that is a testament to the dedication of our players and coaching staff.

“We will miss (seniors) Brenan Hall and Robert Nally, they were well liked by their teammates on and off the court. We are also excited about what the future holds for the Cloverdale basketball program. With another solid off-season of skill development and strength training we hope to continue to improve as the other basketball teams in our area will only get better.”


Sophomore guard Jalen Moore goes up for two of his 25 points in Saturday’s regional match-up at Greenfield-Central. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Sophomore guard Jalen Moore goes up for two of his 25 points in Saturday’s regional match-up at Greenfield-Central. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Neese finished with 35, eight rebounds and four steals; Moore, 25 points, five rebounds and four assists; Winders, eight points, four rebounds and two assists; Wilkes, six points and five rebounds. Senior Brenan Hall chipped in two rebounds, two steals and one block.

Cloverdale outrebounded Northeastern 34-30, but committed 21 turnovers to Northeastern’s ten. The Knights capitalized on those 21 Clover turnovers by scoring 28 points.

The Knights were paced by junior guard Tyler Smith with a game-high 41 points, followed by 6’6” junior Nate Reynolds with 19 points, including five three-point field goals. 6’7” senior Robert Smith rounded out the scoring with 17 points.

Northeastern fell to Indianapolis Howe (22-7) in the regional final, 55-53.




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1st
2nd 3rd 4th Final
Clovers
(19-8)
20
20 12 22 74
Knights
(23-4)
27
15 36 10 94

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