The Skyline-Pioneer boys’ basketball showdown had to wait a day because of bad weather on Friday but the two local powerhouses hooked up on Saturday for an SEC Red Division Showdown at Pioneer.
The Eagles used a big third quarter and an even bigger fourth quarter to win going away 87-67 on the night Skyline’s Brandon Wade was recognized for his 1,000 career points by teammates, coaches and family.
Wade achieved the mark on Friday, Dec. 15 at Monroe.
The Eagles didn’t exactly come flying out of the gate. They failed to convert some easy baskets and were out of position defensively at times and Pioneer was converting on their end. The Pioneers led 16-14 after the first quarter and built a lead midway through the second quarter by almost double digits.
Skyline started hitting shots and stepping up defensively and began cutting into Pioneer’s lead. Ryan Wade’s two free throws ended the scoring in the first half and cut the deficit to 35-34.
In the third quarter, Skyline started to establish the tone on both ends of the court, playing better defensively and attacking the basket on offense. Midway through the third quarter, Pioneer’s Drew Lowder injured his ankle and did not return. The Eagles outscored the Pioneers 23-14 in the third quarter with an exclamation point by Brandon Wade with a triple at the buzzer.
Brandon Wade had 23 points, 8 assists 3 rebounds and 4 steals. DeSean Munson added a thunder block and a thunder dunk in the second half. Munson ended with 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Ryan Wade was great on defense all game, especially on Lowder and added 17 points with 4 assists. Jack Ammerman was solid with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Kabir Bergin played big minutes with 10 points and 3 rebounds. Jaylin Cooper hit three big triples for 9 points. Chris Cayton, a freshmen, got his first varsity game experience after being brought up from JV and got on the stat sheet with a steal.
Skyline next plays at Wayne Memorial on Monday, MLK Day.