2017-12-27 / Front Page

Clovers rebound to 6-2 on the season


The Cloverdale boys basketball season started off slow for a team that had been used to notching games in the ‘W’ column.

Without the heroics of graduate Cooper Neese, the Clovers took a few games to find their way, but have done so in a big way.

A star in his own right, 2018 senior Jalen Moore has taken this year’s team by the reigns and has led them to six straight wins for a 6-2 record heading into the Christmas break.

Since falling to Terre Haute South and Edgewood, CHS has rattled off big wins over Southmont, Indian Creek, Monrovia, South Putnam and most recently, Brown County and Greencastle.

“It was a great week for our program!” Cloverdale head coach Patrick Rady said. “To win three games in a week is a good sign. We feel our strength and conditioning has really helped us. At times our defense was really good, especially Friday night. We thought our full court press was very good Friday and Saturday nights.”

On Friday evening, the Clovers hosted WIC rival Brown County, sending the visiting Eagles home with a 17 point loss, 60-43.

Moore led the way with 36 points, followed by Jake Wilkes with eight, Parker Watts six, Nolan Kelley six and Jake Kelley four.

Saturday evening was just as sweet for Cloverdale, earning a 14 point win over cross-county rival Greencastle, 80-66.

Moore, in a zone of his own, had a fantastic night Saturday, scoring a career-high 53 points. This feat tied him with Cooper Neese, and Rick Ford for the most points scored in a single game as a Cloverdale Clover.

Wilkes added 13, Watts six, Winders five and N. Kelley three.

The Clovers will have time to practice and regroup, not taking the playing floor again until Dec. 26. CHS will take on Riverton Parke at 8:30 p.m. in the last game of opening day of the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic in Terre Haute.

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