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Freshman Foster Loyer’s Career High 35 lead Clarkston Past Dakota 63-58

19 Mar

IMG_0257And a freshman will lead them.

It seems a script made for a Hollywood production.  A freshman, leading an undefeated team with championship aspirations, in a highly anticipated meeting between two state top ten teams.

Clarkston freshman floor general Foster Loyer scored more than half his team’s 63 points, 35, in the Wolves’ regional final victory against MAC Red Division champions Macomb Dakota (21-3).

Foster scored 13 of his total points in the final period of play, and the Wolves needed every last one of them.  In a game of two evenly matched teams, there was little separation.  Until the fourth quarter, the largest advantage any team held was five points.

The Wolves built an eight point advantage twice in the middle of the fourth quarter.  However, uncharacteristic Clarkston turnovers and mishaps propelled a Dakota charge.  Junior point guard C.J. Marshall scored scored six points in an 8-0 run to put the Cougars down one exactly half-way through the fourth.

“They changed up their defense,” Loyer said of the Dakota spurt.  “Put the trap on us and worked pretty well against us.  Had some careless turnovers but we finished through.  That’s all that matters.”

Dakota even held a one point advantage at one point with under three to play.  Clarkston (24-0) needed to make a stand, this time it wasn’t Loyer, however, senior Andrew Myers scored five straight for the Wolves and gave the team the lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the contest, up two with 2:12 to play.

Now Clarkston needed to connect on free-throws.  Loyer shot 10 free-throws in the final eight minutes, and made eight of them, four of which in the final minute.

Loyer, son of former Piston interim coach John Loyer, said free-throws are an aspect of a game he takes great pride in, and he practices them every day.

“(I) try to make 50 free-throws at least every day,” Loyer said.  “Free-throw line wins basketball games.”

Head coach Dan Fife had high praise for his freshman point guard’s performance in a filled to capacity crowd.

“It’s hard to imagine he’s a freshman,” said Fife.  “It’s incredible to think a kid that poised can play that composure in this kind of environment, cause I don’t think he’s played in anything like this.

On the roster sheet, Dakota clearly held an advantage athletically.  A 6’4″ guard, and four 6’6” plus forwards the Cougars rotated through during the game.  On top of the Cougars athleticism, Dakota also has one  the premier sophomore guards, Jermaine Jackson Jr.

Jackson scored 14 points, but took well over 20 shots to reach that plateua.  In a match-up of two promising underclassman point guards, it was Loyer’s night.  On a key rebound in the final minutes, Jackson attempted to get an easy layup, however, Foster was there to thwart a would-be Jackson two pointer, only a microcosm of Loyer’s dominant night.

“Really wasn’t ready to block it,” Loyer said with a smile.  “Ball came my way so I did what I could.”

Following a rugged regional championship, Clarkston has six days to prepare for Catholic League Champion U of D Jesuit (21-3).  The Cubs have their own stud point guard in junior Cassius Winston, whose scored at least 20 point in each playoff game for U of D.  Clarkston last appeared in the Class A state quarterfinals in 2011.

Clarkston Wins Thriller Over Oak Park 69-63

21 Jan

Oak Park had it perfectly laid out, play the fewest amount of games in order for six transfers to gain eligibility after Martin Luther King Junior Day before the team’s stiffest obstacle of the season, hosting undefeated Clarkston, ranked fourth in Class A.  Yet, the one thing the Knights could not plan for was Andrew Myers.

Myers is a 6’0″ senior point guard committed to Madonna (MI).  He has been on varsity since a freshman, and often takes the role as an extension of legendary Coach Dan Fife on the floor.  Andrew came away with 15 points, 10 assists, and five steals in a hard fought Clarkston victory, a win would give Coach Fife 616 overall.

Down, 56-53 with 14.2 seconds left, the first loss for the Wolves on the season seemed inevitable.  However, the execution for Clarkston was flawless in the final seconds.  Freshman Foster Loyer of Clarkston was fouled, he sank two free throws to put the Wolves down one.  Clarkston would then foul senior Howard McInnis of Oak Park leading by two with seven seconds left, and McInnnis would miss both.  Myers would receive the outlet, push the ball up the floor, got in the paint, and found Merrick Canada for a ten foot jump shot to send the game into overtime.

Clarkston would dominate the extra four minutes of overtime, connecting on all 10 free throw attempts the Wolves would make, Myers would lead the way with six.

“He never lets up on us,” Myers went onto say.   “He’s (Coach Fife) always practicing on us really hard so when we get in these types of situations, it’s easy. In practice, it’s way harder when he’s coaching.”

The comeback for Clarkston started in the fourth.  Oak Park junior Trevon Gardner would hit two consecutive jump shots and the Knights would build their largest advantage of the fourth quarter at five.  The Wolves would respond.  Sixth man Tabin Throgmorton, came off the bench to provide Clarkston with a team high 24 points, and would hit on consecutive triples to knot the game at 44.  Tabin would finish with four threes on the night, and the Wolves would hit three 3’s in the fourth to keep the game close and set up the series of events which would take place in the final seconds.

Oak Park’s combination of Kelvon Fuller and Rodney Scales owned the paint for the Knights at times in the game, Kelvon scored 22, and Rodney chipped in with 15.  The Knights had three players over 6’7″ play extensively, compared to Clarkston’s just one.  Ironically, Clarkston’s shortest player, freshman guard Foster Loyer who finished with 14, would be the team’s leading rebounder with nine.

“I wouldn’t say there was really any problems,” said Myers.  “(Coach) Fife is always preaching he’s been coaching for 33 years and said this is the not the first time we’ve had to guard guys bigger, so we believe in him. We just try to compete on both sides of the glass.”

The game was an OAA divisional crossover, the Wolves and Knights will only play one scheduled game this season.  But when Myers was asked if he plans on seeing the Knights sometime again, he responded “Oh yeah.”


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