Hatboro-Horsham (PA) needed its star and he delivered in a big way.
Six-foot-10 senior forward Clifton Moore had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead the Hatters to a 34-32 double-overtime win on Friday night.
The Indiana signee led Hatboro-Horsham to the victory as the playoffs began in Pennsylvania.
“He was a man tonight,” Hatboro-Horsham coach Ed Enoch told Peegs.com. “He did some things tonight. He was very aggressive, and obviously that shows in the stats.
“He took the ball to the basket off the dribble more than he has all year. They had a hard time stopping him, and he was up at the rim all night.”
Hatboro-Horsham was playing without senior guard Jay Davis, another significant player on its team and a very good defender.
That meant Moore was needed at a very high level both on the boards and on defense.
“This was a very good win for us,” Enoch said. “We played a team that’s very deliberate, very fundamentally sound. We knew it was going to be a low-scoring, defensive battle.
“We asked Clifton to concentrate as much as he could on rebounding the ball, especially defensive rebound. We just couldn’t give up any second shots.
“And defensively, he had 10 blocks, but he another I don’t know how many shot changes and intimidation of shots.”