Clarkston High boys basketball beats Hazel Park High in OAA Red showdown

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published January 30, 2018

 Hazel Park High senior Khari Adams goes for a jump shot with Nick Wells of Clarkston High defending Jan. 30 at Hazel Park. Clarkston came away with a 70-39 victory against the Vikings.

Hazel Park High senior Khari Adams goes for a jump shot with Nick Wells of Clarkston High defending Jan. 30 at Hazel Park. Clarkston came away with a 70-39 victory against the Vikings.

Photo by Sean Work

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HAZEL PARK— In a battle of what some consider to be the best two boys basketball teams in the state, Clarkston High beat Hazel Park High 70-39 Jan. 30 in front of a sold-out crowd at Hazel Park.
 

With the win, the Wolves improved to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, with Hazel Park now 11-1 overall and 5-1 in OAA Red play.
 

Clarkston was in control for most of the contest, with a 20-0 run that began in the first quarter and ended in the second, helping propel the defending Class A state champions to victory.
 

“I didn’t know it was a 20-0 run, I’m just watching us play, but 20-0 runs, that’s always good,” said Clarkston coach Dan Fife. “That means we’re defending well and coming down, running good offense.”


After taking a 37-16 lead into the half, the Wolves created yet more distance between themselves and Hazel Park by scoring the first six points in the third.


By the time the quarter was over, Clarkston had a 51-26 lead.


Although the Vikings had their best offensive production in the last quarter of play, it wasn’t nearly enough to pose a serious threat to Clarkston.


Hazel Park coach Brandon Barrett saw some impressive things from his team’s opponent.


“They do a very good job of running their sets,” Barrett said. “They move the ball. I was impressed with their defense. … That’s gotta be the best defense I’ve seen all year.”


Clarkston senior Foster Loyer led all scorers with 34 points, with Khari Adams contributing 14 for the Vikings.


The two teams are scheduled to meet again March 1 at Clarkston.


As for what’s next, the Vikings play at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Southfield Arts & Technology.


Clarkston plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at home against Bloomfield Hills High.

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