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Cloverdale scores WIC win at Brown County Saturday, 67-51

by Brent Ranard
for the Spencer Evening World

The Cloverdale boys varsity basketball team made the long trip to Western Indiana Conference (WIC) East Division rival Brown County on Friday night. The Clovers defeated the Eagles to extend their winning streak to two games and move their season record to 4-4 and their WIC East record to 1-3. Brown County dropped to 1-6 and 0-3 in the WIC East.

Cloverdale jumped out to a 17-13 lead at the end of the first break, fueled by seven points from Jalen Moore and six points from Cooper Neese. Nick Winders added a three and Seth Pfaff had two in the period.

The Clovers had a big second quarter as they outscored the Eagles 21-15 to take a 38-28 lead into the locker room. Moore added seven points in the quarter while Jake Wilkes also scored seven points and Winders added five more.

Brown County was outscored 29-22 in the second half as Cloverdale coasted to the 16-point victory 67- 51.

Moore led all scorers with 20 points. He entered the game 13th in the state with a 24.3 point-per-game average. Neese added 16 points as he came into the game second in the state, averaging 31 points. He also recorded six rebounds for the game.

Wilkes made double figures with 12 points and pulled down five rebounds. Winders had a solid game with eight points and six rebounds. Pfaff had four points and Parker Watts had three. Clayton Miller and Jake Kelley had two points apiece.

The Eagles were led by David Norman who had 15 points. 6’10” center Josh Cochran added 14 points and Ezra Scully had 11 in the losing effort.

Coach Pat Rady liked the way his squad pulled together and played good, solid team basketball. “This was our best all-around game to this point in the season,” he said, “Our full court defense sped them up and kept them out of their half-court offense. For the second straight game we defended the three-point line very well as they shot only 13 percent.

“On offense our ball movement was great,” Rady added. “We found the open man and had all five of our starters score in the first half as we shot 47 percent from the field. We still need to shore up our rebounding. They had a distinct height advantage on us tonight but we did not box out very well and got out rebounded 35-24.”

The Greencastle game was postponed on Saturday due to weather, and the Clovers will return to Tucker court on Wednesday night when they take on Monrovia Bulldogs (2-3).

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