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Clarkston grinds out 56-36 win over Stoney Creek in regional final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)

GRAND BLANC – It’s been eight years since the Clarkston boys basketball team has played in the Breslin Center.

So, head coach Dan Fife isn’t going to argue when his team gets one step closer, no matter how it happens.

Fife’s Wolves had some sloppy moments on offense in Wednesday’s Class A regional final against Stoney Creek, but Clarkston ultimately pulled out a 56-36 victory to advance to next week’s quarterfinals.

“That was an ugly win,” Fife said. “I don’t think we played our best floor game. We didn’t play well, but it was a good win. In the regional final, I have lost many heartbreakers, so this was a good win regardless of how we looked or how we played.”

Clarkston (24-1) never trailed in the game but couldn’t quite run away from the Cougars (19-6) due to some turnovers on offense.

“We turned the ball over too much, which we didn’t do at all against Dakota,” Fife said. “The guys need to realize that that basketball is really important. They work hard to get it, so they need to take care of it.”

The difference came down to scoring, as the Wolves were able to hit the outside shots frequently and also get second-chance opportunities on offense. Stoney Creek became reliant on the 3-point shot after falling behind by 17 points in the second quarter, but the Cougars couldn’t make enough consistently to threaten the Clarkston lead.

“We knew we were going to have to score the ball in order to keep pace with a team as well-coached as Clarkston,” Stoney Creek coach Steve Norgrave said. “We knew we had to take the looks when we had them and we had to take some chances. We wanted to come out firing. We weren’t going to run a delay game on offense. We wanted to be who we are and I think we did that.”

Stoney Creek didn’t have an answer for Clarkston senior forward Dylan Alderson. The 6-5 wing scored a game-high 29 points on 11 field goals to lead the Wolves to the win.

Junior guard Foster Loyer added 14 points and was the driving force behind the Clarkston defense, which made it difficult for Stoney Creek to get a lot of open looks.

“I thought our defense was good for being able to hold (Stoney Creek) to that many points,” Fife said. “Usually when you don’t play well (on offense), you don’t guard well. I was happy with how we guarded. To beat (Stoney Creek) by 20 points is a good win.”

Nate Davis led Stoney Creek with 16 points while Evan Becker added 12 points on four 3-pointers.

“For us, Clarkston is the measuring stick and now we know what we need to do to hit that mark,” Norgrave said. “Hopefully our younger kids realize that. We aren’t happy to be (in the regional final). Our goal was to win here. Our kids need to have that philosophy and work toward that goal.”

Stoney Creek sees its season come to an end, but the Cougars had an historic season, claiming their first district championship.

“I am proud of the guys in our locker room,” Norgrave said. “The program has changed immensely in seven years. This season we won the first district title and we went 5-0 against teams in the city, that hasn’t happened before. We are in a good spot right now and we have some momentum as a program. As long as the guys don’t get content, there are more good things in the future for us.”

Clarkston is now one step away from making a return to the Breslin Center for the semifinals. Standing in the Wolves’ way is Saginaw High (21-4). The two will meet in the Class A quarterfinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from Davison High School.

“I have been in a lot of regional finals and quarterfinals where we have lost. I am proud of having the opportunity to play for a chance to get there,” Fife said of trying to make the semifinals. “If we win, that’s great. If we lose, let’s play hard trying to get there. It isn’t easy (getting to the semifinals). So many things have happened to us in the quarterfinals before. Luck doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen. We will just prepare like we always do trying to get one more.”

Last Updated: 3/15/2017 10:49:25 PM EST


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