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Clarkston coach Dan Fife plans to hold Michigan State-bound point guard Foster Loyer out of Wednesday night's district semifinal game against Lake Orion.

Loyer, a Mr. Basketball finalist, suffered a slight meniscus tear in his left knee in last Tuesday's win at West Bloomfield. He didn't play in Clarkston's Oakland Activities Association Red Division clinching win over Hazel Park on Friday.

Clarkston is hosting a Class A district and received a first-round bye.

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Loyer was re-evaluated Monday and Fife said: "It looks like there's not a tear, but they are going to be careful with it. He did a couple of light workouts by himself, but tomorrow he's going to get involved a little bit in practice, his dad is going to be there, and then we'll go from there.

"We're trying to get him as close to 100 percent as you can, and that feeling going in both physically and mentally and I think that's a wise thing. With this kid's talent you have to think long run, play it smart and close to the vest even though it's hard on him."

Clarkston is 19-1 this season and 89-6 with Loyer in the lineup. He led the Wolves to the Class A state title last season.

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