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Clovers take conference win from Indian Creek

Coach Pat Rady and his Cloverdale varsity boys basketball team (2- 2) visited Indian Creek Friday evening and came home with a huge come-from-behind conference win.

According to Rady, junior Parker Watts sealed the game by hitting two free-throws with 6.9 seconds left and the score tied at 75.

Indian Creek had an attempt at a 15 footer to tie the game, but sticky defense by Jalen Moore to contest the shot and a key rebound by Jake Wilkes closed out the contest.

“Parker, what can you say? To be in this building, on the road and knock down two free throws, that is mental toughness,” Rady said.

Four Clovers scored in double-figures, including Moore with 33, Wilkes 15, Jake Kelley 11, and Watts 10. Senior Nick Winders added five points and freshman Nolan Kelley was 1-1 from the threepoint line for three points.

“We had a lot of guys step up tonight. I thought it was Jalen’s best game as a point guard,” Rady explained. “Jake Kelley hit big shots, Nolan (Kelley) comes off the bench and hits a big three. Nick Winders drove the ball well and Jake Wilkes played extremely well on the perimeter and finishing at the rim.

“It was a total team effort, just a total team effort,” Rady continued. “It’s a sign of a good team to go on the road and get a conference win. This was huge, just a big game.”

The Clovers trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter before cutting the halftime deficit to five, 41-36.

“I thought our kids showed mental toughness tonight,” Rady noted. “We were down, this (Indian Creek) is a good team. We had to overcome a deficit. I am really proud of the kids.

“In my opinion, Jalen Moore had his best game of his stellar career!.” said Rady. “Jalen made all the right reads tonight and played very well on the defensive end too.” The senior all-star candidate had 33 points, 9 assist, and 7 rebounds on the night.”

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