BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Cagers opened the new year with two wins in the OAA Red including a win over Southfield Arts & Technology, who they lost to last season, with a 75-47 score last Friday.
“We started off on fire,” said Dan Fife, long time head coach for Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball. “When you shoot that well it’s hard for anybody.”
The Wolves and Southfield A&T were tied at five points with 4:38 remaining in the first period, it would be the last time for the Warriors as senior Foster Loyer broke the tie less than a second later with a free throw shot.
Clarkston added two more points from senior Nick Wells after he caught a long pass from Loyer. The gap continued to grow as senior CJ Robinson sank three of his field goal attempts within a span of 90 seconds, putting the score 17-7.
The Wolves closed the first quarter with a 24-7 lead with a basket from Loyer and five points from Wells, which included a field goal. Clarkston defense kept the Warriors to ten points in the second quarter while Wolves offense added 18 to the scoreboard closing the half, 42-17.
“Our league is very tough so we have to come every day with the same thought in mind – everybody wants to beat us,” said Fife. “Southfield does a good job – they beat us last year. They lost all their kids – which will be us next year when we lose all our seniors.”
Loyer led the team with 19 points, including going 4-for-4 on the free throw line. Robinson scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers. Wells and senior Max Anderson had one 3-pointer during the game.
“It’s a good win for us,” Fife added. “We moved the ball pretty good.”
The Wolves also defeated Bloomfield Hills on Jan. 3, 62-35. Loyer led the team with 31 points. Robinson scored ten points and Wasilk had six points.
“Bloomfield plays pretty well,” said Fife. “They will be alright this year. They competed hard.”
The JV and freshman teams also posted wins for the week. JV remained undefeated with a 48-27 win over Bloomfield Hills and a 53-29 win over Southfield A&T, putting their record, 8-0. The freshman Wolves defeated Bloomfield Hills, 42-26, and Southfield A&T, 59-44, to move 7-1.
The Wolves opened the week on Tuesday at Troy. The varsity players head to Warren Fitzgerald on Saturday to play Detroit Pershing at 7 p.m.
The teams are back home on Jan. 19 against North Farmington. Miracle Minute will be held for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the night. JV begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
BY WENDI REARDON PRICE