HIGH SCHOOLS

David Goricki’s boys basketball state finals MVPs

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Clarkston's Foster Loyer drives the ball past Grand Rapids Christian's  Emmett Warmers in the third quarter.

David Goricki of The Detroit News selects the top players in each class in this year's state tournament.

Class A

Foster Loyer, Jr., G, Clarkston

Loyer scored 29, including three 3-pointers in the opening quarter, to lead Clarkston to a 75-69 win over top-ranked Grand Rapids Christian to hand Dan Fife his first state title in 35 years of leading the program. Loyer scored 32 in a 78-35 semifinal rout of West Bloomfield.

Class B

Romeo Weems, So., G-F, New Haven

Weems blocked two shots and slammed home a putback dunk during the second quarter to turn a 15-7 deficit into a 23-19 halftime lead. Weems, who has offers from Michigan State and Ohio State, finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help New Haven to a 45-36 victory over Ludington, giving Macomb County its first state championship since St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in 1994.

Class C

Malik Ellison, Sr., G, Flint Beecher

Ellison, who recently received his first Division I offer from Eastern Michigan, scored 32 to help Beecher win its third consecutive state championship with a 73-58 victory over Grand Rapids Covenant Christian. Beecher forced nine fourth-quarter turnovers while outscoring Covenant, 11-0, from the line during the last eight minutes.

Class D

Dawson Bilski, Sr., G, Powers North Central

After finding Seth Polfus for the winning basket as time expired in the 84-83 double-overtime victory over Southfield Christian in a semifinal showdown for the ages, Bilski set the tempo in the 78-69 championship-game win over Buckley by scoring 18 in the opening quarter, including 7-for-7 shooting (4-of-4 on 3-pointers) to help his team set a state-finals record for points in a quarter (38). Bilski finished with 25 points for the three-time state champion.