BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves are off and running with two wins into the new season.
“We are just trying to work on our offense and something we haven’t done before with a big inside presence,” said Dan Fife, long-time head coach for Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball after the boys defeated Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep last Friday, 59-45.
He admitted it was not a pretty win.
“We won pretty ugly,” he reflected. “We can take that and work on what we need to work on.”
The Wolves opened the game with a basket from junior Foster Loyer 12 seconds into the game.
The Eaglets scored five points before
Clarkston scored off of their next attempt with a basket came from junior CJ Robinson on a 3-pointer to tie the score.
Eaglet CJ Wilson brought St. Mary’s back into the lead off his own three point shot.
The Wolves went on a 12-2 run starting with four points from senior Dylan Alderson and five from Loyer with three from free throw shots.
Alderson closed the quarter with his field goal, 17-10.
The Eaglets opened the second quarter with two points and Alderson responded with a crowd pleasing dunk as the Wolves carried the momentum into half time with a 28-20 lead.
“We talked about inside touches with other kids,” said Fife. “Foster can post. Dylan is a good post kid. Inside touches are good. We know we are going to struggle on the outside so we have to go on the inside and get to the free throw line or get some points.”
During the second half Loyer scored off his field goal attempts except one.
“Sometimes it’s just the way it comes down and happens,” Fife said. “We are working on a new offense and just getting things straightened out. The key is our players kept their composure and hung in there. That’s a good ball team they played – hard and physical. That’s a good ball game tonight.”
The Wolves were also without the newest player to their team, 6-foot-9 sophomore Taylor Currie, who said he would be back to play this week.
Loyer led with 27 points, going 9-for-9 on the free throw line and had two 3-pointers. Alderson had 20 points and scored one field goal. Robinson scored ten points with six from field goals.
Fife added with their experience Loyer, Alderson and Robinson led the team not only with points but leadership.
“They are comfortable and they started all last year,” he said. “They should be the leaders and the boys the kids look to. They should be the guys who speak up on the behalf of me and speak up on the behalf of our team.”
Fife added it was a good test for the Wolves going into not only Romulus but the rest of the season.
“It was a good test because they are physical, strong kids,” he said. “They guard tough. They are strong, quick. As the season wears on it will help.”
The Wolves defeated Lake Orion in their season opener, 68-38. Loyer led the team with 34 points. Robinson scored 26 points and Alderson had 11 points.
The Wolves head to Romulus this Friday, where JV plays at 5 p.m. and varsity plays at 8 p.m.
They head to Rochester Adams on Tuesday, Dec. 20. JV starts at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.