After facing a few state powerhouses and conference elite teams in a row – Pioneer, Wayne Memorial, Saline and Old Redford – the schedule finally tossed the Skyline boys’ basketball team a little break on Friday night.
The Eagles soared to a 19-7 first-quarter lead and led 42-19 by the half on their way to a comfortable 84-54 win over visiting Bedford. The Mules could have kicked all they wanted in this one – they never had a chance against the 11-0 and state-ranked Eagles.
Skyline outscored Bedford 22-15 in the third quarter and the two teams played even (20-20) in the final quarter.
It was the first meeting of the season for the two SEC Red Division clubs.
Both teams got off to slow offensive starts, missing some easy baskets as the defenses were not strong either. Skyline was able to gain some momentum as the first quarter came to an end behind Brandon Wade’s 11 points.
Ryan Wade had 10 points in the second qurater along with Jack Ammerman’s pair of three-pointers as the Eagles finally found their rhythm on the offensive end.
Skyline also picked up things defensively, holding Bedford to just 19 points in the first half.
Ammerman, the smooth-shooting senior guard, was red hot all night for Skyline. He made 7 of 8 three-point shots and finished with a game-high 23 points. Brandon and Ryan Wade each had 16 points. DeSean Munson also finished in double figures with 10 points.
The Eagles got a solid effort from their support players, who found plenty of playing time on the evening. Freshmen Chris Cayton, who along with having a strong defensive effort, scored six points in the win.
Kabir Bergin, Jaylin Cooper and Spencer Morgan each had three points. Charlie Fry and Omar Aggour had two points.
Skyline (11-0 overall, 5-0 in SEC RED Conference play) host a talented Lincoln team on Tuesday and league rival Monroe on Friday.