BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Cagers went on a shooting spree in the first half to close out their OAA Red foes North Farmington last Friday, 42-15.
“I thought they did a heck of a job tonight guarding people – like old Clarkston (basketball). It is the kind of effort you need to have all the time,” said Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Dan Fife. “Defense was much better. I have been getting on them about their effort guarding people.”
Within the first 22 seconds of the game, senior CJ Robinson scored a 3-point shot and teammate senior Nick Wells added one more field goal to put the Wolves up, 6-0.
Clarkston would continue the scoring frenzy going on a 26-0 run going into the second quarter.
The run included three more field goals from Robinson and two field goals from senior Foster Loyer.
“We shot the ball well early and they just got out,” said Fife. “It’s tough for a young team to come back.”
North Farmington’s Donny Dreshaj broke the run with 4:40 remaining in the first half to put the Raiders on the board for two points.
Senior Chase Wasilk gave Clarkston more edge, scoring his own field goal before Robinson scored one point on the free throw line to close the half, 30-2.
Fife explained focus didn’t change for the team with the huge lead.
“I have been getting on them about their effort continually,” he said. “I don’t want anything to change regardless of the score in how we approach the game. Often times in a game like that you might lax and that’s how you hurt yourself. It’s what would happen to me. I would turn an ankle.”
Robinson led with 16 points during the night and Loyer had 13 points.
“They are two as good guards as there are in the state,” Fife added. “Those two together, they move the ball well and play well together, share the ball well. Even in high school when you have to guard two or three players. It’s tough no matter who you are.”
The Wolves (10-1, 4-0 OAA Red) host West Bloomfield this Thursday and during the night will raise money for the Chad Tough Foundation.
Fife added going forth his concern still remains on defense.
“Offense will work itself out,” he said. “Often times if you don’t shoot well, you don’t guard well. I want our defense to get better. You have to guard people and have them earn their wins.
They head to Hazel Park next Tuesday and are back at home as they host Bloomfield Hills.
JV starts at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.