SPENCER -- In a packed Owen Valley gymnasium Saturday, the Cloverdale boys' basketball team put up a fight against the Class 3A No. 13 ranked Patriots.
But it just wasn't enough.
Owen Valley outscored the Clovers, 23-7, in the fourth quarter, rolling to its 14th win of the season, 65-54.
Senior guard Harry Marshall led the Patriots with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while junior Jared Maners added 17 points to the effort.
The Clovers held their largest lead of eight points at 47-39 with 1:37 remaining in the third quarter, before Owen Valley started to take over.
Marshall drained a big three-pointer to end the period, and then started the fourth period by hitting another three-point field goal. The Patriots went on a 13-0 run, punctuated by Marshall leaping over two defenders for a one-handed dunk, giving Owen Valley a 51-47 lead with 6:04 remaining.
"He rose and hit some big baskets," Cloverdale Coach Pat Rady said of Marshall. "I thought he kind of took the game over. He made some really big plays."
Chase Haltom responded by hitting an NBA-range three-pointer, pulling the Clovers within one point at 53-53 with 5:15 remaining. He later tied the game by hitting one of two free-throws at 53-all with 3:25 remaining.
However, the Patriots went on a 12-1 run over the last three minutes of the game, sealing the Clovers' fate.
1We have all the respect for them,1 Rady said. 1Owen Valley is a very fine team. Simply, we just got beat tonight. They were better than us.1
The Clovers long-range ball was dropping to start the game, as Michael Neese, Kyle McCammon and Haltom combined for seven three-pointers. In particular, McCammon had five three-point field goals, including a buzzer-beating basket to end the half, tying the game at 29-all.
McCammon led all scorers with 15 points going into halftime.
1The ball was dropping for us,1 Rady said. 1We were playing defense and rebounding, but I think they seemed to turn it up a notch. That's a sign of a good team.1
Owen Valley's defense held Cloverdale to just 6-of-27 field goals in the second half for just 22 percent shooting. The Clovers shot just 28 percent from the field in the game, while the Patriots shot 24-of-56 for 43 percent.
McCammon led Cloverdale with 18 points, while Haltom had 16 points and six assists. Christian Cheatham led the Clovers with eight rebounds.
Owen Valley improves to 14-3 on the season, and hosts Sullivan Friday at 8 p.m.
1They hit some big shots when they needed some big shots,1 Rady said. 1They made some big plays when they needed some big plays. My hat's off to them.
1There's no shame in losing to Owen Valley,1 Rady added. 1They're an excellent ball club.1
Cloverdale falls to 11-4, and play at Speedway Friday at 7:30 p.m.
1It's a big one,1 Rady said. 1That's a conference game. And Speedway is a very good ball club.1
At Owen Valley
Cloverdale 13 16 18 7 -- 54
Owen Valley 16 13 13 23 -- 65
Cloverdale -- Neese 3-6 4-4 12, Blair 2-3 2-3 6, Haltom 4-22 6-8 16, Cheatham 0-4 0-1 0, McCammon 6-18 0-0 18, Trinkle 0-1 0-0 0, Lovins 1-3 0-0 2, Dean 0-0 0-0 0. Totals FG 16-57, FT 12-16, TP 65.
Owen Valley -- Cochran 0-1 0-0 0, Temples 1-4 2-2 4, Maners 6-16 4-6 17, A. Marshall 0-1 0-0 0, H. Marshall 10-20 4-9 27, Mortimer 2-4 0-0 5, Madorin 3-4 1-4 7, Nanny 2-6 1-2 5, Madison 0-0 0-1 0. Totals FG 24-56, FT 12-24, TP 65.
3 pt. -- Cloverdale 10 (McCammon 6), Owen Valley 5 (H. Marshall 3), Rebounds -- Cloverdale 30 (Cheatham 8), Owen Valley 40 (H. Marshall 14), Assists -- Cloverdale 12 (Haltom 6), Owen Valley 6 (H. Marshall 2), Steals -- Cloverdale 3 (Neese 1, Blair 1, McCammon 1), Owen Valley 7 (H. Marshall 3), Blocks -- Cloverdale 4 (Lovins 3), Owen Valley 0.
Next game -- Cloverdale plays at Speedway Friday at 7:30 p.m.