The Skyline boys’ basketball team used tough defense and just enough offense on Friday night to help build a 17-9 first-quarter lead against visiting Saline and then held off the Hornets the rest of the way to improve to 4-0 in the SEC Red and 9-0 overall with a 60-50 win.
The two teams were playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer game with all funds raised being donated to the Vada Murray Foundation.
Skyline got off to a strong start using pressure defense that created problems for the Hornets. The Eagles built a 17-6 lead with seconds remaining in the first quarter before Saline’s Trevor Arico hit a three at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 17-9 after one quarter.
Both teams continued to struggle on the offensive end through the second quarter with Skyline leading 29-21 at half.
In the second half, Skyline was able to get a run going with more pressure defense and pushing the ball in transition and started making some shots. Skyline ended the third quarter up 43-28.
Saline continued to fight hard down the stretch as Skyline finished with a hard fought win.
Skyline had balanced scoring. Brandon Wade had 16 pts, 6 assists and 5 steals with many highlight reel passes and drives to the basket. Jack Ammerman had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Ryan Wade had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists with tremendous defensive efforts. DeSean Munson had 9 points and 5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals. Kabir Bergin had 5 points and 5 rebounds.
At halftime, Ammerman was recognized for his 1,000 career point achievement on Monday, Jan. 15 at Wayne Memorial. Jack had 1,012 pts going into the Saline game.
Skyline plays Old Redford at Belleville High School at 6 p.m. on Saturday Jan 20.