By CAINE GARDNER
For the Brazil Times
CLOVERDALE -- It's not often that a team shoots greater than 50 percent, including five second half three point buckets, and finds themselves on the losing end of a contest, but that's the position Clay City found itself in Tuesday at Cloverdale. The Eels shot 56 percent from the field, yet fell to the Clovers 70-55 to drop to 3-2 on the season.
Following a back and forth first quarter, Clay City trailed by seven for most of the first half. After Cloverdale build a 13-point lead, the Eels cut it to seven midway through the second.
With the score 28-15, Tyler Bridgewater hit his first free throw and was able to grab his own rebound after missing the second and put it up and in while getting fouled. He connected on the freebie, then teammate D.J. Newton hit a bucket to bring the score to 28-21 in favor of the Clovers.
However, with one second remaining before the half, Cloverdale's Brandon Moon drove the lane and hit a jumper while being fouled. He missed the charity toss, but the Clovers held to a 30-21 halftime lead.
Clay City was attacked with a full court pressure defense to begin the second half, which resulted in multiple turnovers. Cloverdale capitalized on those turnovers and extended their lead to as much as 19 in the third quarter. A three-point bomb from Tyler Jenkins to close the third quarter, pulled the Eels within 14 at 51-37.
As they had for three previous quarters, Cloverdale continued to knock down their shots and record numerous assists for easy buckets. When the final buzzer sounded, the Clovers had won the contest by the count of 70-55.
Cloverdale shot 63 percent from the field and 76 percent from within the three-point line. They also compiled 28 team assists on the night.
Newton scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, while Bridgewater added 20 of his own.
Up next for Clay City (3-2) will be a trip to Vincennes Rivet Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Cloverdale -- Clark 18, Salter 15, Dean 12, Moon 10, Moore 6, Hayden 5, Strunk 2, Scisney 2. Totals: 33-53 FG, 1-4 FT, 70 TP.
Clay City -- Newton 20, Bridgewater 17, Tiefel 5, Moore 4, Denker 3, Jenkins 3, Johnson 2, Decker 1. Totals: 23-40 FG, 5-13 FT, 55 TP.
Next game -- Up next for Clay City (3-2) will be a trip to Vincennes Rivet Friday at 7:30 p.m.