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Big third quarter leads Clarkston to convincing win over Walled Lake Western

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

Big third quarter leads Clarkston to convincing win over Walled Lake Western

Clarkston – At times, a team’s defense can be its best offense and that held true for Clarkston on Friday night.

With Clarkston playing host to Walled Lake Western for the first time since 1990, the Wolves found themselves in a back and forth first half, but took a 30-28 lead into halftime lead after a Foster Loyer 3-pointer just beat the buzzer to end the second quarter.

But in the second half, Clarkston’s defense wreaked havoc on Western, limiting the Warriors to just 15 second half points as the Wolves would cruise to a convincing 67-43 win.

Clarkston head coach Dan Fife said that his team came out in the third quarter looking to play better defense and play at a quicker pace.

“We just wanted to guard them better, make it a little more difficult for them, speed the game up a little bit into our speed, don’t give them easy, wide open looks,” he said. “I just think we played better defense in the third quarter and we were able to get stops and score in transition.”

The Wolves (7-0) opened up the second half on a 17-2 run, which included eight straight points from Loyer (committed to Michigan State) to take a commanding 47-30 lead.

Loyer said that the key to his team’s run to start the third quarter was its defense leading to points in transition for the Wolves.