The Skyline boys’ basketball team hit the road on Monday and faced another tough opponent in talented and athletic Wayne Memorial at their gym. The Eagles needed overtime but kept their unbeaten season going with an impressive 78-73 win on MLK Day in Wayne Memorial’s showcase game.
It was a big night for senior guard Jack Ammerman who reached the 1,000 career point mark at Skyline. Ammerman needed 10 points to reach this great milestone going into the game and he was hot in the first quarter racking up all the 10 points needed on 4 of 4 shooting with two field goals and two triples.
The game featured both teams going on multiple runs behind their gifted offensive players. Wayne Memorial had a surge in the second quarter hitting some shots and attacking the glass for offensive rebounds. Skyline was able to answer to cut it back to one before half.
In the second half, Skyline got down double digits midway through the third quarter after missing shots and Wayne was hot to start.
“Then Brandon Wade absolutely took over,” said Skyline Coach Mike Lovelace. “You could see it in his eyes.”
Wade had 14 of his 34 points for the game in the third and helped the Eagles tie the game heading into the fourth quarter. Wade added another nine points in the fourth quarter and six more in overtime with many jaw dropping plays including dagger three-pointer and incredible body control drives to the basket to finish.
Wade finished 11 of 16 from the free-throw line.
The Eagles led by four points with 20 seconds left in regulation. Wayne Memorial got fouled and converted two free throws. Skyline inbounded the ball and got the ball to half court but on a cross court pass, the host Zebras deflected the pass and stole the ball and went in for a game tying layup with about 3 seconds left.
Skyline’s shot at the buzzer was no good and the game headed to overtime.
Skyline started overtime strong with Ryan Wade hitting a huge three-pointer and Brandon adding three of his own to get up six points in the first minute. Wayne would continue to battle back before Ammerman hit a triple in the corner with a minute left to push the lead back to a two possession game.
Skyline was able to hold on by making free throws down the stretch.
Brandon Wade had 34 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and only 2 turnovers. Ammerman had 22 points including 4 of 7 from 3 point range with 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Ryan Wade had 10 points, 3 assists and 2 steals while guarding Rashard Williams all night and doing and outstanding defensive job on him. DeSean Munson had 5 points and 5 rebounds. Darius Hall had 4 points and 4 rebounds. Jaylin Cooper had 3 points. Kabir Bergin had 2 big rebounds and played a solid game.
Skyline moves to 8-0 on the season after beating another ranked opponent on the road. Skyline hosts Saline on Friday in the Eagles annual Coaches vs Cancer.