Just 24 hours after a tough win with Saline, the Skyline boys’ basketball team headed to Belleville for a matchup with Detroit Old Redford in the third annual Fastbreak Invitational on Saturday.
The Eagles flew in cruise control for most of the game but had to hold off a furious fourth-quarter comeback to improve to 10-0 on the season with a 71-63 victory.
Skyline senior Brandon Wade finished with 28 points and was named the game’s MVP. Senior Jack Ammerman had 13 points, sophomore Kabir Bergin had nine points and Ryan Wade scored eight.
After the Ravens jumped out to an early lead, the Eagles found their groove and quickly turned things around. A three-point play by Brandon Wade gave Skyline an 11-8 lead and a triple by Bergin made it 14-8.
The Eagles led 18-11 after one quarter.
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Skyline stretched its wings and the lead with an impressive second quarter.
Bergin nailed another triple to make it 23-11 with 6:35 left. Ryan Wade delivered a layup to push the lead to 25-13 and then the junior guard went the length of the floor to make it 33-20 with 2:15 left in the first half.
Skyline led 38-22 at intermission.
The third quarter was much of the same, at least at the beginning. Ammerman hit a short jumper to make it 41-29 and then the senior nailed a triple from the corner with 3:10 left to give the Eagles a 46-32 lead.
The Ravens then went on a run and it was more a sprint than a marathon. In just 2 minutes the lead went from 14 to five, then three. Ryan Wade ended the quarter on a positive note with a running triple just before the buzzer to send the Eagles into the final period with a 51-45 lead.
Bergin knocked down a triple to start the fourth quarter to make it 54-45.
But the Ravens again went on one of those runs. And with more than 2 minutes to play in the game, Skyline’s lead was down to 62-61.
Brandon Wade pushed the lead to 64-61 but Old Redford answered at the other end.
The Eagles put the game away in the final minute. Brandon Wade hit two free throws with 57 seconds left to give the Eagles a 67-63 lead. Ammerman hit a layup and Brandon Wade turned a steal into a layup and just like that it was 71-63 with 31 seconds left.
The Eagles held Mark “Rocket” Watts to just one point in the first half. But the highly recruited junior scored 30 points, including six triples, in the second half. The three-pointer he hit in the fourth quarter to bring the Ravens to within a point was only a few steps from half court and one step from being out of bounds.
He certainly put on a show but it wasn’t enough to land the Eagles in the loss column.