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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Underrated part of Clarkston's success

Apparently, Clarkston couldn't miss if it was shooting from Lake Orion in its 66-32 win over North Farmington on Friday, as the Wolves buried 13 shots from 3-point range in the rout.
But things Kosmo noticed once again with the Wolves wasn't the shooting barrage that resulted in lots of points, but how Clarkston prevented points.
The defense at Clarkston is where productive players seem to go and die since the Wolves seem to shut down the opposition's best players better than anyone.
Caleb McIntosh and Marcarius Coakley have been on fire this year (Coakley scored 39 on Friday against Flint Carman-Ainsworth), but were non-existent against Clarkston.
Dorrell Foster of North Farmington had two games where he scored over 30 points this season, but Clarkston limited him to 16 points.
Yes, the Wolves can shoot the ball and do what they usually do on offense in terms of moving the ball so well and getting good shots.
However, it's defense that's the glue of Clarkston's success. Just ask any star player.
- On second thought, maybe Clarkston's defense won't be able to stop Southfield-Lathrup's Jonathan Williams when the teams play twice this season. Williams was at it again on Friday against Pontiac, pouring in 32 points for Chargers. Williams is averaging over 26 points a game this year and has maybe been the county's top player thus far.
- It looks like this could be another special year for Holly. The Bronchos are off to a 5-1 start and look to be one of the favorites to win an improved Flint Metro conference.


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