BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
It was a good visit to Detroit as Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball posted their ninth win and senior Foster Loyer broke a team record.
Loyer scored nine field goals in the Wolves’ 84-50 win over Detroit Pershing in the Horatio Williams Foundation MLK Freedom Classic last Saturday.
The field goals put him at a total of 215, sliding him into first place over Dugan Fife’s 212.
“I am proud of him,” said Dan Fife, long-time head coach. “He earned it. After the game he asked can we shoot tomorrow – that’s who he is all the time.”
Fife added the game was good for the entire team.
“Pershing’s a good team,” he said. “They’ve got a long history of success in their basketball program. It was a good day that turned into a great day for us to win.
“We played the ball well,” Fife continued. “We played hard. We shot well. We just played well. We had a good game – everybody played well. It was just a good team for us to play down in that environment. It was a great atmosphere. The place was packed with people from all over the metro-Detroit area. The atmosphere was a good setting for our kids to be in. It was intense.”
Fife added the playing in the intense environment will help the boys as the season continues.
“They didn’t let the nerves or the atmosphere change who they were as players or their roles,” he said. “It was good for our entire program to be there and be under those circumstances.”
Loyer led the team with 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists. His nine field goals put him in second place in the team’s records for single game field goals.
“Foster shot well, very well in that game,” Fife said.
The Wolves opened the week with a 59-54 win over OAA Red newcomer Troy, Jan. 9.
Both teams finished the first quarter tied at 15 points each before Clarkston took the lead going into the second half. They held onto the lead going into the fourth quarter.
They found themselves trailing by one point with two minutes remaining in the game after Troy went on a 21-8 run to put the score at 50-49.
Loyer helped boost the team making nine of his ten free throw shots and scored a total of 44 points during the game.
Join the Wolves (9-1, 3-0 OAA Red) this Friday as they host North Farmington. JV begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
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Clarkston High School senior Foster Loyer received a nomination to play in the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games.
Loyer, who recently scored 44 points in the Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball 59-54 win over Troy, joins six other player from Southeastern Michigan as well as over 700 seniors from thoughout the nation.
The 41st Annual Boys Game is March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and will be on ESPN.
The 17th Annual Girls Game will precede the boys Game and will broadcast live on ESPN2.
Players were selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.