Thursday’s roundup: Clarkston boys stop N. Farmington
Clarkston — It looks like Clarkston has no intention of giving up its Oakland Activities Association Red Division championship anytime soon.
And, 6-foot-4 senior Dylan Alderson made sure of that, making big play after big play to lead Clarkston to a 60-47 win over North Farmington Thursday night.
Alderson, a transfer from Davison, was the best player on the floor, contributing 27 points and nine rebounds and making it known early and often he would be a factor.
“My teammates set screens for me to get me open, then looked for me, so props for them,” said Alderson, who scored a season high, making 9 of 12 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers. “We practiced really hard for this game. We knew we had to come out and play ‘D’ and our communication was great tonight.”
Clarkston (6-1, 1-0) limited North Farmington to 37 percent shooting, just 23 percent (6-of-26) on 3-pointers.
With North Farmington (7-2, 0-1) leading 9-8 following a 3-pointer by Amauri Hardy, Clarkston went on a 12-0 run to open a 20-9 lead early in the second quarter and take command.
No play was bigger than Alderson’s block of Darryl Dunlap, who took the ball to the basket late in the first quarter. Alderson then made a three-point play (basket and free throw) off a spin move in the lane at the other end for a 15-9 lead, followed by a tip-in as time expired at the end of the quarter for a 17-9 advantage.
“Basketball’s made up of a game of runs so they made their run and we had to bounce back and make our run so that block off the backboard really got us going,” Alderson said.
Said Clarkston coach Dan Fife: “That was a great block, a big momentum booster for us. It was a great athletic play and I don’t know if we have anyone else who can do that. He kept us in the game.”
Clarkston led 29-19 at halftime, shooting 50 percent from the field while also getting it done at the defensive end, limiting North Farmington to 7-of-26 shooting.
North Farmington got as close as 40-35 on a short jumper by Billy Thomas with 1:42 left in the third quarter, but again Alderson answered with a 3-pointer.
He needed to play well, too, with 6-0 sophomore point guard Foster Loyer having an off-night.
Loyer was coming off a career-high 44 in a win over Romulus Saturday. However, he struggled against Jacob Joubert, scoring nine (1-of-10 shooting).
But Joubert also struggled at the offensive end, also making just 1 of 10.
Clarkston made Thomas work for his 20 points (8-of-19 shooting, 3-of-11 3s). Hardy scored 20 on 8-of-15 shooting.
Ryan Holmes scored 11 for Clarkston.
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Bloomfield Hills 41, Pontiac 35: Ray Dillworth had 10 points and five steals and Justin Henry also scored 10 for Bloomfield Hills (6-3, 2-0 OAA White). Jalen Kelso scored 18 for Pontiac (4-1, 0-1).
Farmington Hills Harrison 69, Ferndale 44: Trevon Dixon scored 21 and Adrian Pattah 19 for Harrison (4-3). Ferndale is 1-5.
Harper Woods 68, Detroit Westside Academy 36: Jaylen Brown had 28 and Dejon Smith 12 for Harper Woods (5-2). James Jordan scored 14 for Westside (2-4).
Oak Park 62, Troy 61 (OT): Bobby Thompson had 14 points and nine steals and Messiah Alford had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Oak Park (3-3, 1-0 OAA White). Jason Dietz scored 23 for Troy (4-4, 0-1).
Riverview Gabriel Richard 59, West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 34: Josh Blasczak and Jake Lipetsky had 12 points apiece for Gabriel Richard (5-3). Jeremy Rosenberg scored 10 for Frankel Academy (4-4).
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 52, Birmingham Seaholm 33: Ben Reiter had 23 points for Stoney Creek (7-1, 1-0 OAA Blue). Seaholm is 2-6, 0-1.
Southfield Christian 71, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 25: Marlo Brown went over the 1,000-point career mark with 18 along with 10 rebounds, Brock Washington had 14 points, Bryce Washington 11 and Trenton Temple and Richard Feagin both had 10 for Southfield Christian (7-1, 5-0 MIAC). Inter-City is 4-3, 1-2.
Troy Athens 50, Southfield-Lathrup 46: Taylor McCaskill scored 27 for Athens (1-7, 1-1 OAA Red). Dipo Olaleye had 24 points and Richard Owen had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Lathrup (2-6, 0-1).
Bloomfield Hills Roeper 44, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 36: Alexis Johnson scored 14 and Akwia Tilton 12 for Roeper (8-2, 2-1 MIAC Blue). Karalynn Goering had 22 points and Jessiann Wiedman 10 for Inter-City (4-4, 1-2).
Madison Heights Lamphere 43, East Detroit 31: Allison Berger and Destiny Carr both scored 10 for Lamphere (3-5, 2-1 MAC Silver). Kaylah Terry scored 15 for East Detroit (1-5, 1-2).
Utica 64, Sterling Heights 32: Cierra VonZittwitz scored 15 and Jordan Bianchi 11 for Utica (4-4, 2-0 MAC White). Mariah Nelson scored eight for Sterling Heights (4-5, 0-2).
Waterford Lakes 67, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 47: Tiffany Fenerius had 20 points and Alex Troy had 12 for Lakes.
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Hazel Park 79, Royal Oak 65
Rochester 58, Lake Orion 47
Ann Arbor Greenhills 59, Southfield Christian 18
Dearborn 71, Dearborn Edsel Ford 42
Grosse Ile 47, Monroe Jefferson 25
Madison Heights Madison 45, St. Clair Shores South Lake 40
New Haven 32, Warren Lincoln 29
News staff contributed