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Waterford Lakes wins Catholic C-C title behind Robak’s 34 points and 11 rebounds

By: Branden Hunter, March 1, 2015, 4:39 pm

Detroit – Waterford Lakes coach Paul Robak said his team feeds the hot hand each game.

Well his nephew, senior guard Nick Robak, ate well on Sunday.

Robak’s 34 points and 11 rebounds powered Lakes (19-0), ranked No. 2 in Class D, to his team to a 66-43 over Royal Oak Shrine in the Catholic League C-D championship at Calihan Hall.

"He’s obviously better than his uncle and his dad," Paul Robak said. "He’s been good all year. Today was just one of those moments, and big players make big plays, and this is a good moment."

The Lakers led 29-24 at halftime and 46-34 at the end of three quarters.

That’s when Robak went on a tear. He started the fourth with a 3-pointer then reeled off eight more points to go on an 11-0 on run to put his team up 57-34 midway through the fourth.

"I was just trying to get the win for my team," he said. "We were struggling, and I don’t like close games. My mom also doesn’t like close games, so I tried to stretch it out for her.

"I felt like I needed to take over, my teammates were setting good screens for me, and I just made the shots."

Robak wasn’t done yet. He added another six points before leaving the game to a standing ovation.

His performance gave Robak more confidence that he can play at the next level.

"I definitely think I can play at the next level," Robak said. "I showed that I am able to shoot the three, rebound, and lead a team. I hope coaches recognize that now."

Now the Lakers can focus on their main goal of winning a state title.

"We have some big goals," coach Robak said. "This is the second of our goals. We have accomplished this, but now we want to make a run in the state playoffs. Our goal is all the way at the Breslin Center."