In the Tigers’ latest victory over Goshen, Loveland snapped a four game skid. While the Goshen Warriors played like a relatively sloppy ball club: they scored a total of eight points in the first and fourth quarter, turned the ball over with careless passing, and were at a tremendous size disadvantage, the Loveland defensive effort was still impressive. This was a bright spot for Loveland lately as they have held their past three opponents to less than 40 points.
Other bright spots for the Tiger basketball team are Cole Cloud, who has averaged 19.7 points per game, and Jake Elfers who leads the ECC in field goal percentage.
Cloud, who is averaging ten more points per game than he did last season, has shown
tremendous improvement. He makes a little over a third of his shots which from beyond the arc, and is adept at making space to drain mid-range jumpers. In the game against Milford, Cloud even scored half of the Loveland’s overall points. Even when the Tigers were offensively struggling as a team, Cloud has kept Loveland competitive.
Elfers has been key as a physical presence on a relatively small Tiger basketball team. At 6’5 he is not among the largest centers in the ECC, but he has been been able make up his size with hustle and heart. He also brings experience this year as a senior since he has been on the varsity squad since he was a freshman.
The next home game for the Tigers is Saturday January 25th against Colerain. The Cardinals are 3-10, but have won their past two games against Winton Woods and Princeton. Like Loveland, they are a smaller team, and this even match-up should make for an exciting game.
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV report is Willie Lutz's post game wrap from the Goshen game.