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Loyola shows grit, determination in getting past Bishop Foley, 59-45

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

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Madison Heights – This could be Detroit Loyola’s season.

We recall the football team’s Division 7 title last November, the school’s first state title in any sport.

Strengthened by seven members from that team, the basketball team is creating a stir in Class C. The Bulldogs are the class of the Catholic League AA Division as they showed on Friday with a 59-45 victory over host Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

Ranked No. 4 in State Champs latest poll, Loyola (10-2) is 5-0 in the division and can clinch the title outright with a victory at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Loyola has had good teams before but the Bulldogs have not fared well in the state tournament. They’ve won just two district titles since 2004 and Loyola has yet to reach a regional final.

Senior Harvey Caddell insists this team is different.

With seven seniors there is experience. But it’s more than that. There’s a cohesiveness, a team concept, if you will, that permeates through the nine-player rotation coach John Buscemi used on Friday.

Seven players scored, three in double figures led by freshman Pierre Mitchell with 19. Demarco Dickerson, a senior who’s being recruited by Albion, had 14 and Dequan Powell, a junior, had 10.

Five Bulldogs had five or more rebounds led by Powell with eight.

Loyola does its best work defensively. The Bulldogs forced 28 turnovers and held Bishop Foley (6-7, 3-3) to two points in the final 3:40.