2017-01-24 / Front Page

Clovers’ winning streak up to eight with wins against North Putnam, Clay City

by Brent Ranard for the Spencer Evening World


Coach Patrick Rady (left) presents Cloverdale junior Jalen Moore with a game ball prior to playing North Putnam Thursday for reaching the 1,000 point club. The talented point guard scored 76 points combined on Thursday and Saturday. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Coach Patrick Rady (left) presents Cloverdale junior Jalen Moore with a game ball prior to playing North Putnam Thursday for reaching the 1,000 point club. The talented point guard scored 76 points combined on Thursday and Saturday. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Coach Patrick Rady and his Cloverdale Clovers took full advantage of a rare Thursday-Saturday double header to extend their current winning streak to eight games and move their season record to 13-5. They defeated North Putnam (6-10) on Thursday 92-78 and Clay City (5-10) on Saturday night.

The cross county rival Cougars came to Rady Court with upset on their minds Thursday. They fought tooth and nail in the first half and the Clovers found themselves only two points ahead at the half time break 42-40.

Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese was held to just five points in the first half but teammate Jalen Moore had 21. North Putnam was led in the first half by Eric Gross with 16 and Preston Porter who had 12 on four three pointers.

The third quarter was the deciding stanza as Neese and company came to life on the offensive side and scored 32 points. Neese himself had half of those points to lead the charge and Cloverdale took control 74-54 heading into the fourth quarter.

Both teams cleared their benches in the final minutes and the Clovers took the victory 92-78.

“It was nice to have so many contributors on offense tonight,” Rady said after the game. “Guys are in the right position, and our coaches (Karl Turk, Daniel Varnes, Bryan Gerard and Greg Thomas) put these guys through a lot of game-like situation shooting drills since before Christmas. You can definitely see the results in game situations.”

Moore led all scorers in the game with 34 points including five three pointers. Neese scored 25 points for the Clovers. Parker Watts finished with 11 points while Jake Wilkes joined him in double figures with 10. Nick Winders added nine points and Seth Pfaff had two and Jake Kelley one. Gross had a team high 33 for the Cougars in the losing cause and Porter ended with 16 points. Trayton Smith also added 11 points.

Saturday night the Clovers hit the road to Clay County to take on the Clay City Eels. Cloverdale jumped out to an early lead of 25-13 after the first quarter and never looked back as they lead 48-33 at the half and 68-45 after three. They coasted to the 20 point victory 82-60.

Moore continued his offensive explosion by scoring 33 points. That gave the water bug like junior 67 points for the two games combined.

Senior Seth Pfaff had a breakout game scoring a season high 18 points for the Clovers. Neese had a very quiet game finishing with 14 points.

Watts had eight points while Wilkes added five and Winders scored four. Clay City was led by Rogers and Crosby who both put up 19 points on the night.

“Seth had a good offensive nigh,” Rady added. “He has really been shooting the ball well in practice and it is good to see that come out in a game.”

“It was nice to get the two wins and I was pleased both nights on the offensive end,” he continued. “Our defense is coming along but it is a work in progress. We play well for periods and then seem to break down. We are continuing to work on this in practice and know that we must get more consistent as we come down the home stretch.”

The Clovers will be home tomorrow night against Greencastle (4- 8) in a rescheduled game from earlier in the season. The Tiger Cubs lost their first seven games but have been on an upswing winning four of their last five contests.

Friday night will be the Western Indiana Conference crossover game when the Clovers will host the West Vigo Vikings (11-3) to settle third and fourth place in the conference.

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