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March 10, 2014

Clarkston High boys basketball rolls past Troy Athens

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Troy Athens' Michael Williams leads a break against Troy High March 7 in a Class A district final. The Red Hawks won, but then fell to Clarkston High in a regional semifinal.

LATHRUP VILLAGE — It was a second quarter to remember for Clarkston High boys basketball.

The Wolves held Troy Athens scoreless in the Class A regional semifinal March 10 at Southfield-Lathrup on the way to a 70-36 victory.

“All season long, I’ve been saying our kids are getting better and better,” coach Dan Fife said. “Once we got some shots and baskets, we got something going.”

After leading 15-13 after the first quarter, Clarkston went on a 29-point run to take control.

Athens coach Dave Scott said he was happy with the way his team played in the first quarter, but a buzzer-beater to end the frame for Clarkston deflated the Red Hawks a little bit.

“It kind of rocked us. We came out in the first couple minutes of the second quarter and got some good looks, but nothing fell,” Scott said. “Then Clarkston came down, hit some buckets, and I think at that point we started to press a bit and took some bad shots. When you do that against Clarkston, you find yourself in a bigger and bigger hole.”

The Wolves had 14 different players score out of its 15-man roster. Mike Nicholson paced them with 11 points.

Clarkston, 20-4 overall, takes on Bloomfield Hills High for the regional title at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at Lathrup.

Athens finishes 17-7 and with the school’s fifth district title.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.