Cloverdale crushes Riverton Parke 67-38

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Cooper Neese attempts to finish a layup after receiving a pass from Marquise Moore (left). The Clovers had assists on 26 of their 28 made field goals against Riverton Parke on Saturday.

CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale boys' basketball team assisted on 26 of its 28 field goals and had just seven total turnovers in a dominant win over visiting Riverton Parke on Saturday 67-38.

Junior Marquise Moore led the team with 15 points, followed closely by junior Brantson Scott's 14 and freshman Cooper Neese's 14.

"Overall it's a good team win," CHS coach Pat Rady said. "We had good, balanced scoring. ... We want the ball to have eyes. Guys were cutting well, we got fast breaks out and we got it to the open man."

The Clovers (2-0) have planned to work in an up-tempo scheme this season and it worked flawlessly against the Panthers. The Clovers worked an aggressive defensive scheme, trapping their opponent on the outside and staying active.

Riverton Parke (0-2) struggled to adjust to the defensive pressure, throwing the ball away and giving Cloverdale several fast breaks and easy scoring chances. The Panthers had 23 turnovers in the game.

"We had good pressure on them," Rady said. "Even when they did get shots, they were contested."

Neese and Moore combined for 16 of Cloverdale's 20 first-quarter points and the hosts jumped out to 32-12 lead at halftime, shooting 14-30 from the field. Because of their turnovers, the Panthers had just 22 field goal attempts.

The Clovers put the game away in the third quarter when they forced nine turnovers and put together an 18-5 run.

Neese and senior Kade Schroer had four steals each, Moore and Scott had two. Schroer also had two blocks.

While Cloverdale dominated the scoreboard, Riverton Parke won the rebound battle by a wide margin, 43-26. That was partially because the Clovers made more shots and had fewer rebound opportunities, but another factor was the Clovers' defense.

They chose to space the floor, putting pressure on the outside of the court and leaving the lane open for the Panthers to fill in and fight for offensive boards when they had a numbers advantage.

"You pick your poison," Rady said. "That's a thing we're going to have to work on."

The Clovers have one more tune-up, a home game against Eminence on Tueday, before the Putnam County Classic begins next weekend.

At Cloverdale

Riverton Parke84521-- 38
Cloverdale20121817-- 67

Individual scoring

Riverton Parke (0-2): Lowe 7-15 2-4 16, Falls 4-9 0-0 8, Organ 1-3 1-3 3, Edge 0-2 0-2 0, Mathas 0-1 0-0 0, Dickey 2-6 3-3 7, Lowe 2-3 0-0 4, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Walker 0-2 0-0 0, Blaketer 0-1 0-0 0, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0. Total 15-45 6-12 38.

Cloverdale (2-0): Moore 7-13 0-2 15, Neese 5-13 2-2 14, Scott 6-8 1-2 14, Dorman 3-4 0-0 6, Schroer 2-8 0-0 5, Duff 3-5 0-0 6, Hughes 1-3 2-3 4, Fislar 1-3 1-2 3, Lotz 0-0 0-0 0, Leach 0-0 0-0 0. Total 28-57 6-11 67.

Team stats

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