Oak Park Falls To Clarkston 66-52

Oak Park, MI: –

The two-time defending Class A state champion, Clarkston Wolves
(9-2, 5-0 OAA Red), visited the Knights of Oak Park (6-4, 2-3), and both teams started off fast but the Wolves transitioned well and were able to cut through Oak Park’s tough defense and press to come out with a big 66-52 victory.

7 foot Junior center Matt Nicholson got the scoring started early with a big slam dunk. But Oak Park answered right back with Junior Maliq Carr cutting through the Wolves d for a big score. The wolves rattled off 9 straight points and took a 29-19 lead into the halftime break.

In the third, it was Nicholson slamming down a dunk to get the Wolves scoring started. Freshman guard Fletcher Loyer put up a basket to give the Wolves a big 39-23 lead. But the Knights didn’t give up as Head Coach Bobby Thompson rallied his troops. Carr made some great defensive plays, blocking shots and getting several steals as guards Devontae & Eddie Edwards helped bring the Knights back within striking distance. But the wolves were able to pull away for the victory.

The Knights played a pressing defense and a 2-3 trap but the Wolves were able to beat it enough for the victory. This was the Wolves 9th win a row and haven’t lost in a month. Loyer led the Wolves with 20 points, 8 assist, and 5 rebunds. Nicholson finished with 11 points, and 13 boards.

The Knights were led in scoring by Carr who racked up 14 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 5 steals. Carr did an excellent defensive job shutting down the big man of Clarkston, Nicholson. Both Edwards finished with 13 points apiece. Carr is one of the best two-sports players in the state and has received many Diviosion offers in football as he is one the most sought after wide receivers in the nation.

The Knights will travel to Lake Orion on Tuesday, the 22nd.