Feb. 23—CLARKSTON — Keegan Wasilk is making the most of his opportunity to be Clarkston's leader, putting on a show Monday night to lead Clarkston in a 49-25 rout of defending PSL champion Detroit Cass Tech.
Wasilk, a 6-foot-3 junior point guard, had nine points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help Clarkston — 6-1 and ranked No. 15 in The News Super 20 — dominate the second half.
Clarkston scored the final four points of the second quarter to take a 19-15 halftime lead with 6-8 Luke Scherler rejecting shots on consecutive Cass Tech possessions in the final minutes.
Cass Tech — 5-1 and ranked No. 12 — was coming off a 58-55 quadruple OT win over Eastpointe on Saturday.
Cass Tech forced turnovers with its quickness and full-court pressure early, but had trouble finishing at the basket, including a breakaway layup attempt that Wasilk came from behind and got a hand on to start a transition basket at the other end by Zach Austin for a 17-15 Clarkston lead.
Yes, Cass Tech scored just 10 points during the 19 minutes with Scherler and 6-6 junior Mike DePillo blocking multiple shots and altering others, along with Cass Tech's inability to knock down open jumpers when opportunities presented itself.
"We just had to limit their penetration and stop them from driving and kicking and making us go all over the place and that was the key in the second half," Wasilk said.
No doubt, Cass Tech has missed its backcourt from a year ago in Tyson Acuff (Duquesne) and Kalen King, who graduated early to play football at Penn State, but Clarkston was in the same situation after losing 7-1 Matt Nicholson (Northwestern) to graduation and having all-state guard Fletcher Loyer depart for Homestead High in Fort Wayne, Ind., for his final two years.
"People doubted us, and it's put a chip on our shoulder. We're not some bums, we come here to work hard just like everybody else," Wasilk said. "We've had guys who have waited a long time for their opportunity. Zach's (Austin) been sitting on the bench for two years, so it means a lot for him to be starting his junior year.
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"Zach has length at 6-3 and can really shoot it. He's been working on his game, staying after practice and working on his shooting. Mike (DePillo) is a big guy at 6-6, very physical and I don't think that anybody can match up with him this year in the paint, and Scherler at 6-9 is an inside presence."
Junior guard Zach Austin scored 13 and DePillo had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Austin played a big role in the pivotal third quarter, making three 3-pointers, including one from the corner in the final seconds to open a 37-23 cushion.
Ryland Bowens scored 10 for Cass Tech.
Clarkston will try to avenge its lone loss when it plays at No. 10 Ferndale Wednesday in an OAA Red Division game.
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Allen Park 67, Trenton 63 (OT)
Birmingham Groves 62, Troy Athens 60 (OT)
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 57, Roseville 56
Clinton Township Clintondale 36, Sterling Heights 32
Dearborn Heights Crestwood 54, Garden City 35
Detroit Cody 46, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 39
Detroit Voyageur Prep 74, Redford Westfield Prep 26
Imlay City 74, Algonac 30
Madison Heights Madison 60, Madison Heights Lamphere 54
Rochester Adams 53, Oxford 51
Romeo 57, New Haven 47
Romulus 65, Redford Thurston 48
Southfield Bradford Academy 70, Detroit Cornerstone Health & Technology 67
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 80, Warren Cousino 53
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 68, Hazel Park 36
Sterling Heights Stevenson 59, Macomb Dakota 51
Taylor 55, Lincoln Park 47 (OT)
Utica 73, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 59
Utica Eisenhower 58, Warren Mott 57
Warren Lincoln 55, Port Huron 29
Warren Michigan Math & Science 40, Canton Prep 33
Warren Woods Tower 56, Warren Fitzgerald 55
West Bloomfield 68, Bloomfield Hills 55
Westland Huron Valley Lutheran 72, Livingston Christian 67
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Allen Park Cabrini 56, Taylor Prep 12
Chelsea 44, Dexter 39
Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy 53, Detroit Cristo Rey 13
Dearborn Edsel Ford 53, Southgate Anderson 39
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 58, Melvindale 32
Detroit Edison 61, Warren Michigan Collegiate 5
Detroit Southeastern 52, Detroit Pershing 18
Ecorse 40, River Rouge 28
Garden City 39, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 30
Harper Woods Chandler Park 77, Bloomfield Hills Marian 58
Jackson 47, Pinckney 29
Macomb Lutheran North 43, Armada 32
Romulus 64, Redford Thurston 21
Trenton 51, Allen Park 24
Troy Athens 47, Oak Park 40
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