2017-02-21 / Front Page

Moore and Neese combine for 64, as Clovers crush Shakamak, 84-45

by Brent Ranard
for the Spencer Evening World


Cloverdale senior Seth Pfaff is shown blocking out a Laker defender Saturday night. Pfaff scored five points on his final night playing on Tucker Court. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Cloverdale senior Seth Pfaff is shown blocking out a Laker defender Saturday night. Pfaff scored five points on his final night playing on Tucker Court. (Photo by Brent Ranard) The Cloverdale fire department was needed Saturday night at Tucker Court as the Clovers scorched the nets for 48 second half points as they celebrated senior night by defeating the Shakamak Lakers 84-45.

Junior Jalen Moore put up 34 points including five three pointers and Butler bound senior Cooper Neese netted 30 points while draining seven long range bombs on the night.

The Clovers used an aggressive full court pressure defense and a smothering half-court defense to take an early 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. They stretched that to 36- 13 at halftime by forcing multiple Laker turnovers in the second quarter.

In the first half, Moore had 12 points and Neese had nine points and sat the final 3:30 after picking up his third foul of the half. Senior Seth Pfaff scored all of his five points in the first quarter including a three pointer. Sophomore Jake Wilkes had an excellent game and scored eight of his 13 points in the first half and finished the game with an incredible six blocked shots.


Junior Jalen Moore completes a layup for two of his game high 34 points Saturday night against Shakamak. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Junior Jalen Moore completes a layup for two of his game high 34 points Saturday night against Shakamak. (Photo by Brent Ranard) “Jake is a high energy player and really gives us a spark at both ends of the floor.” Commented Clover head coach Patrick Rady, “This is only his third year of organized basketball as he wrestled when he was younger. He just continues to improve every day.”

The second half was a shooting clinic by Moore and Neese as they combined for 10 three pointers with each one coming from longer and longer range. Cloverdale led 64-29 at the end of the third quarter much to the delight of the capacity crowd on hand to see Pfaff and Neese play their final games in the Cloverdale green and white.

“I really thought we did a good job of passing and cutting on offense tonight.” Rady added. “Our defense was very consistent tonight too and that that is something we are going to have to continue if we want to have success in the tournament. We have been working very hard in practice especially in those areas.”

Sophomore Clayton Miller scored two points for the Clovers as well while Tanner Yeryar led the Lakers (13-9) with 17 points. Team mates Cameron West and Lane Gilbert added eight on the night.

Pfaff and Neese were brought out of the game separately in the fourth quarter to standing ovations from the Clover and Laker fans.

“I just really appreciate the opportunity to play with this bunch of guys.” Pfaff said after the game, “Cooper and Jalen make sure we all play as one team and that has been great. It was a special night out there tonight and I will always remember it.”

Neese summed up his feeling after the game. “It is defiantly bitter sweet.” He said, “I have grown up my whole life here in Cloverdale and these four years have been something special. There was no better feeling than that standing ovation as I came out of the game for the final time. This was just awesome and I am looking forward to the state tournament.”

Rady’s feelings for his two seniors was difficult to put into words. “I have been here for nine years and can remember seeing these two guys when they were playing in the fifth and sixth grade.” He said, “They both had older brothers play here and they understand what it means to put on that jersey and play for Cloverdale. This is special program and I want to thank the great fans for coming out and supporting these two guys. They are defiantly going to be missed.”

Cloverdale finishes the regular season with a record of 18-6 and were winners of 12 of the final 13 games. The lone loss came to a tough Danville team 79-76 on February 4th. They will play in the South Putnam sectional with paring to be announced this week.

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