Playing their third game in a row on the road against a quality opponent and the Skyline Eagles barely blinked. OK, they blinked a little. But the results were the same as the previous two road challenges at talented Huron and Belleville.
The Skyline boys’ basketball team improved to 6-0 on the young season and bid ado to 2017 with an impressive 61-60 over Detroit Pershing Thursday in the Motor City Round Ball Classic at Detroit Renaissance High School.
Skyline struggled to hit some shots in the first half and trailed 18-14 after the first quarter. Pershing was able to capitalize on Skyline’s offensive woes midway through the second quarter and led by as many as nine points.
But the Eagles ended the second quarter in dramatic style. After cutting the deficit to four points late in the first half, Pershing fired a three-point attempt that rattled out. With the seconds ticking down, Brandon Wade collected the rebound and dribbled toward half court and made a spectacular shot from behind the half-court line at the buzzer to cut the lead to 32-31.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, READ TERRY JACOBY’S COLUMN ON SKYLINE-HURON GAME: https://weloveannarbor.com/2017/12/21/opinion-early-season-skyline-huron-showdown-leaves-us-hungry-for-more/
The Eagles flew into the second half and started getting into more of a rhythm to grab a four-point lead on the shoulders of Brandon Wade who had 12 points in the quarter and Jack Ammerman with four points in the quarter. Skyline led 50-46 heading into the final quarter.
The Eagles built a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter and held on as Pershing hit a triple at the buzzer to cut it to one point before the clocked clicked to over.
Brandon Wade was named the game MVP with 23 points and six assists. Ammerman had 12 points, three assists and three steals. Ryan Wade had 11 points, six big rebounds, two assists and two steals.
DeSean Munson was solid in the middle with nine points and six rebounds; Christian Knox had three points and two steals; Jaylin Cooper had three points; and Darius Hall had two points and four rebounds as the Eagles got key contributions up and down the roster.
Pershing was led in scoring by Ron Hill with 28 points.
Skyline opens the New Year hosting Pioneer on Friday, Jan. 12.