BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
It wasn’t a pretty win, but the Wolves topped another OAA Red opponent as they defeated Troy last Friday, 58-49.
“It was a good win for our kids late in the year,” said Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Dan Fife.
He added he has seen both teams play better.
“We had a long time between games,” Fife explained. With the boys game against Southfield Arts & Technology being postponed due to weather on Feb. 9, they had gone two weeks between contests. “Maybe I didn’t work them hard enough in practice over break.”
He added the tough win will help as the Wolves go into the last two weeks of the regular season and get ready for playoffs in March.
“For them to realize you can’t just come out, show up and beat people,” Fife said. “Everyone wants to beat you.”
Troy was the first to score as they put three points on the board in the first 30 seconds. The lead didn’t last for long as seniors Foster Loyer and Taylor Currie scored one basket each. Troy took the lead back with a basket to be met with a field goal from senior CJ Robinson.
The quarter closed with the Wolves holding onto the lead after Currie scored four more points to put the lead, 11-8.
Clarkston kept ahead of the Colts as they battled the pressure and tight guarding by the Colts’ defense. They outscored their visitors 15-9 with contributions from Loyer, Currie, Robinson and senior Hank Schemmel, closing the first half, 26-17.
The Wolves opened the second half with four points from Loyer and Robinson with Troy meeting the challenge with two baskets of their own. Both teams battled back and forth with shots, closing the third stanza with Clarkston still in the lead, 36-27.
Troy closed the gap to five points with 98 seconds left in the fourth quarter after working on scoring more. Loyer and Robinson met it with six points to close the game, 58-49.
Loyer led the team to 30 points, going 7-for-7 on the free throw line. Robinson and Currie contributed 12 points each. Robinson scored on two field goals during the night.
Senior Leon Ayers led the Colts with 17 points.
Clarkston Freshman Basketball improved their record to 12-3 as they defeated Troy, 50-48. JV also won their game 43-36 to put their overall record at 14-1.
The Wolves (14-1, 8-0 OAA Red) opened the week against Romulus. They head to North Farmington on Friday. JV begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
They travel to Southfield Arts & Technology on Saturday to make up their cancelled game from Feb. 9. Freshman start at 2 p.m., JV plays at 3:30 p.m. and varsity plays at 5 p.m.