2018-02-21 / Front Page

Cloverdale boys win Putnam County Tournament

Chuck Hess


The Cloverdale varsity boys basketball team brought home the coveted bucket with a win in the Putnam County Tournament championship game. (Photo by Chuck Hess) The Cloverdale varsity boys basketball team brought home the coveted bucket with a win in the Putnam County Tournament championship game. (Photo by Chuck Hess) On Friday, Feb. 9, the Cloverdale varsity boys headed to Greencastle High School’s McNally Center for the finals of the Putnam County Tournament.

The game brought the Clovers and the Greencastle Tiger Cubs together after both teams won their opening games on Thursday night. Cloverdale played the North Putnam Cougars and won, 51-43. Greencastle defeated the South Putnam Eagles, 55-40.

The Clovers won the jump ball and opened the game with a seven-point lead. They would hold the lead at the end of each quarter, although the Tiger Cubs would press ahead only momentarily, and the Clovers answered by taking the lead back.

Cloverdale senior Jalen Moore led the team in scoring, but he was well supported by the starting lineup. Each of the starters scored.


Cloverdale’s Jalen Moore goes up for three. (Photo by Chuck Hess) Cloverdale’s Jalen Moore goes up for three. (Photo by Chuck Hess) Defensively, the Clovers overwhelmed the Cubs, with Parker Watts defending Tiger Cubs Benton Parmley. The Clovers won, 61-44.

“Parker Watts gets our game ball,” Cloverdale coach Patrick Rady said. “We looked at Tiger Cub Parmley’s last two games, and he is a backbreaker for defenses. We were not going to leave him no matter where he was, we told Parker that even if he went to the locker room, he was supposed to go with him.

“On the offensive end, I thought we made good decisions, we pushed the ball in transition and were patient when we needed to be,” Coach Rady continued. “Jalen was phenomenal tonight. He shot the ball well and made all the right reads. His passing was very good. We hear chants of ‘one-man team’ all the time, but we had Parker Watts on defense, and Jake Wilkes went to the boards. Clayton Miller comes in and gets several big rebounds, Jake Kelley gives us shooting and an energy on the defensive end, Nick Winders was all over the place, Nolan Kelley has been a sharp shooter off the bench all season, so we are not a ‘one-man team’ and it was proven once again in this game. I don’t think you can be a ‘one-man team’ and be 15-5.”

The team enjoyed an escort home from the Cloverdale Police Department and the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The Clovers record now stands at 15-5.

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