Friday’s roundup: Loyer leads Clarkston past Romulus

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Romulus girls basketball player Khaliah McCord (10), right, fires herself up on defense as she guards Chandler Park Academy player DeShauna Walker (3) in the first quarter.

Romulus — Foster Loyer and No. 7 Clarkston had to know they were in for a fight from the opening tip against a quick and physical Romulus team Friday night.

But, in the end it was Loyer who proved to be the difference, scoring 13 of his 26 points in the final quarter to pull out a 57-51 victory.

“I just took it upon myself to be on attack mode and go put our team back in position to win the game,” Loyer said of battling back from a 42-41 deficit with four minutes left to earn the win. “Ultimately regardless of what happens throughout the game it’s about the outcome and I felt at the end of the game we played well as a team.

“They came out with an attack mentality. We have a bull’s-eye on our back every game. They came out and kind of stuck it to us at the beginning. We kind of took their first punch and just came right back at them. I felt we showed a lot of courage and the desire to play hard all game.”

Loyer, a 6-foot junior guard committed to Michigan State, was given little room to operate against Ray Mungo while Romulus players got a hand on the ball to strip 6-5 senior Dylan Alderson three times in the opening half.

And, Romulus junior guard Kavon Merriweather showed his ability at the defensive end by first slapping the ball away from C.J. Robinson on a breakaway layup, then moments later knocking the ball away from Foster on a layup in transition midway through the second quarter.

Romulus — ranked No. 11 in The News preseason poll — led 15-11 after one quarter and continued to lead until the final seconds of the half when Nick Wells scored in transition with 30 seconds left to give Clarkston a 24-23 halftime advantage.

In the end, Alderson (20 points) made Romulus (2-1) pay in the third quarter. He scored 11 to give Clarkston (3-0) its largest lead at 39-32 with 1:37 left following a pair of free throws.

Loyer finally took over, making a short jumper, then a 3-pointer for a 50-44 lead. He made all eight of his free throws during the final 31/2 minutes.

Jaren English scored 13 for Romulus, Price 12 and Merriweather 11.

More boys basketball

Canton 67, Northville 58: Vinson Sigmon scored 17 and Eian Barker 14 for Canton (2-2). Jake Justice scored 13 for Northville (2-2).

Dearborn Fordson 45, Detroit Denby 42: Yousuf Farhat scored 21 points and Hamze Elzayat 11 for Fordson (2-2). Donavon Watson finished with 11 points for Denby (0-2).

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 53, Wyandotte 24: Malik Rogers scored 17 and Asa Robertson and Chris Copeland each had 10 for Crestwood (4-0). Wyandotte is 0-2.

Detroit CMA 57, Detroit Delta Prep 56: Jorden Peterson had 27 and Jalen Young 16 for CMA (1-0). Ronnie Rokinson scored 21 for Delta Prep (0-2).

Detroit Cody 69, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 43: Kyle Jones had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Isiah Cunningham had 12 points and seven rebounds and William Palmer scored 12 for Cody (4-0). Luke Stricker scored 13 for Parkway Christian (1-2).

Detroit Mumford 44, Detroit Davis Aerospace 41: Brandon Green scored 16 and Anthony Taylor 11 for Mumford (4-0). Edmen Stewart had 15 for Davis (1-1).

Detroit Osborn 87, Detroit West Side Academy 31: James Loyd scored 19, Alan Houser had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Ken Holloway had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Osborn (2-0). West Side is 0-2.

Detroit University Prep 67, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 31: Derrick Bryant Jr. scored 17, Shawn Pittman, Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Tavis Smith scored 14 for University Prep (3-1). Anthony George scored 11 for Liggett (1-3).

Grosse Pointe South 54, Grosse Pointe North 48: Brennen Buszka had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Cane Draper scored 11 for South (2-1). North is 1-2.

Kimball Landmark Academy 37, Ray Township Austin Catholic Academy 20: Paul Phillips had 17 points for Landmark Academy (1-3). Jacob Ryan scored 10 for Austin Catholic (0-1).

Melvindale 81, Allen Park Inter-city Baptist 46: Montrez Fuster scored 23 points and Antonio Peeples 17 for Melvindale (2-1). Nathan Pardo scored 15 for Inter-city (1-3).

Oak Park 71, Lima Senior (Ohio) 51: Messiah Alford scored 17 and Bobby Thompson Jr. had 14 points and 10 assists for Oak Park. Both teams are 3-1.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 68, Detroit Country Day 44: C.J. Wilson had 22 and Caden Prieskorn 18 for St. Mary’s (1-1). Kolin Demens scored 14 for Country Day (0-3).

Plymouth 61, Salem 35: Tariq Woody scored 19 points, and Joey Robb and Zach Beadle had 10 each for Plymouth (2-2). Cameron Grace scored 10 for Salem (1-2).

Pontiac 74, Detroit Douglass 52: David Wilson scored 32 and Cleontai Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds for Pontiac (2-0). Kelly Broadus scored 19 for Douglass (1-1).

Riverview Gabriel Richard 57, Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 26: Eric Wiggington had 17 points and Anthony Brown 12 for Gabriel Richard (3-0). Gianni Akese scored 10 for Henry Ford (1-4).

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 52, Troy 51: Nate Davis had 21points and Michael Melaragni 10 for Stoney Creek (3-0). Jason Dietz scored 12 and Isaiah Smith 11 for Troy (2-1).

Roseville 46, East Detroit 25: Martell Turner scored 17 for Roseville (2-1). East Detroit is 0-4.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 74, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 47: Cortez Jackson had 16 points, Ricky Dixon 13, Davon Warner 11 and Jalen Dixon 10 for Lake Shore (2-2). Skailar Hage scored 12 and Darryl Stanley 11 for Lakeview (0-4).

Sterling Heights 78, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 61: Shawn Kama had 34 points and Malot Dushaj had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Sterling Heights (4-0). Lee Kennedy scored 21 for L’Anse Creuse (1-2).

Walled Lake Central 79, Grand Blanc 66: Runako Ziegler had 23 points and Christian Isso 16 for Central (3-1). Cedric Givens scored 17 for Grand Blanc (2-2).

Walled Lake Northern 63, Howell 51: Jalen Kelso had 18 points, Spencer Brown had 13 and Andy Milliken 12 for Northern (3-1). Johnny Shields scored 21 for Howell (2-2).

Westland John Glenn 91, Novi 71: Christian Agnew had 39 points and Joe Moon 18 for John Glenn (3-0). Traveon Maddox and Jiovanni Miles scored 16 each, and Trenton Hankerson 13 for Novi.

White Lake Lakeland 43, Milford 39: Kyle Soderberg had 20 points and Sean Cullen nine for Lakeland (2-1). Aiden Warzecha scored 10 for Milford (2-1).


Detroit CMA 34, Southfield Bradford Academy 24: Ishameer Snelley had 15 points for CMA (3-3).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 63, Oak Park 52: Kamaria McDaniel had 29 points and Kayla Brown 26 for Robichaud (4-1). Oak Park is 0-5.

Detroit Voyageur Prep 34, Ecorse 30: Angel Galney had 15 points for Voyageur (4-1). Hope Howard scored 13 for Ecorse (0-2).

Farmington Hills Mercy 44, Macomb Lutheran North 28: Jenna Schlutter finished with 14 for Mercy (4-1, 3-0 Catholic League Central). North is 4-1, 1-1.

Grosse Pointe North 56, Grosse Pointe South 43: Katie Snow had 23 points, while Julia Ayrault and Michelle Bodnariuk had 12 each for North (4-1). Sayanna Roy scored 16 and Grace Foster 12 for South (0-4).

Hartland 47, Waterford Mott 18: Lexey Tobel had 14 and Whitney Sollom 12 for Hartland (4-0). Mott is 3-1.

Macomb Dakota 59, Roseville 20: Cameron Grant had 11 points and Emily Langolf 10 for Dakota (4-0). Chantel Parker scored nine for Roseville (1-4).

Madison Heights Lamphere 58, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 55: Destiny Carr had 18 points and Morganne Holdreith 16 for Lamphere (4-2). Kaily Grucke scored 15 and Megan Haller 14 for Lutheran Northwest (2-4).

Northville 46, Canton 36: Kendall Dillon and Jessica Moorman had 12 points each for Northville (3-1). Brianna Finn scored nine for Canton (4-1).

Novi 50, Westland John Glenn 34: Ellie McKay had 25 points for Novi (4-1). Jasmine Edwards scored 15 for John Glenn (1-3).

Plymouth 38, Salem 25: Chantal Ledoux had 14 points for Plymouth (1-4). Lyniah Wilson scored seven for Salem (0-4).

Royal Oak 47, Birmingham Seaholm 42: Samantha Pott finished with 14 points and Jessica Adams had 11 for Royal Oak (5-0). Dana Hoerman scored 15 for Seaholm (0-5).

News staff contributed