Farmington Hills — The latest Loyer helped bargain Clarkston to another league title.
Sophomore guard Fletcher Loyer had 24 points as Clarkston topped North Farmington 59-39 on Friday. The 16th straight Clarkston win clinched an outright Oakland Activities Association Red Division, the 14th year in a row of at least a shared crown.
Michigan coach Juwan Howard sat courtside one day after Loyer visited Michigan to see the Wolverines fall to Wisconsin.
Loyer’s older brother, Foster, is a sophomore point guard at Michigan State, but has told his younger brother to make his own decision.
“He said to just do whatever’s best for me,” said Fletcher Loyer, who has offers from Toledo, Detroit and Denver. “He’s always looking for something big for me because he knows what I can do.”
Loyer said it was the first time Howard saw him play a game for Clarkston and he noticed the first-year Michigan coach when a teammate pointed him out during a timeout.
“We knew we’d have to hit them hard, hit them early,” said Loyer, son of former Pistons coach John Loyer. “We happen to make shots and that helped us a lot. And pushing it in fast break helped us.”
Loyer was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and also dished five assists, including a cross-court bounce pass in transition in traffic that wowed his teammates.
“Fletcher can shoot it, everyone knows that, but now he’s starting to really have some nice passes,” Clarkston coach Tim Wasilk said. “He’s starting to understand where to get the ball to Matt (Nicholson) in the post, he’s making nice passes in transition. That’s been another part of his game that he’s always had, but he’s really blossomed with giving it up.”
Seven-foot-1 senior Matt Nicholson, a Northwestern signee, had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots for Clarkston (17-1, 10-0).
Nicholson disrupted the North Farmington (12-6, 6-4) attack throughout. North Farmington shot 14 of 44 (31.8 percent) from the field.
“Just his presence alone on the defensive end creates havoc for guys putting up the shot, maybe dishing off for a jump shooter,” Wasilk said of the Mr. Basketball finalist. “He doesn’t have to score to effect the game, he can effect the game in so many different ways.”
North Farmington jumped out to an 8-2 lead early but Clarkston would go on a 22-5 run to take command early in the second quarter.
Clarkston rolled to a 34-19 halftime advantage, knocking down 6 of 9 from 3-point range (66.7 percent) in the first half. Clarkston finished 7 of 14 on 3-pointers (50 percent). Sophomore Keegan Wasilk added 16 points and four assists.
Eddie Lenton III scored 10 points to lead North Farmington, while junior standout Basheer Jihad was held to seven points.
Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay, a staple at Metro Detroit high school football and basketball games, was also in attendance.
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Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard 50, Bay City Western 29
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Canton 58, Belleville 56
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Detroit Renaissance 78, Detroit Public Safety Academy 64
Detroit University Prep Science & Math 66, Detroit Old Redford 65
Ecorse 56, Detroit University Prep Art & Design 54
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Melvindale 52, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 48
Monroe St Mary Catholic Central 52, New Boston Huron 51
Troy Athens 77, Rochester 48
Warren Cousino 70, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 67
Warren Mott 58, Madison Heights Madison 48
Warren Woods Tower 58, Utica 49
West Bloomfield 65, Lake Orion 44
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Detroit Edison 69, West Bloomfield 65
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Wayne Memorial 56, Dearborn 12
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Matt Schoch is a freelance writer; Detroit News staff contributed