The Skyline boys’ basketball team will head into its city-rival showdown and rematch with Huron with its perfect record intact after an 81-61 victory over host Lansing Waverly.
The state-ranked Eagles are now 14-0 on the season and host the River Rats on Friday.
“We played hard from the start after a long bus trip against a solid Waverly team,” said Skyline Coach Mike Lovelace.
Waverly took an early lead as Skyline struggled to convert baskets early on that it usually makes. Skyline’s defensive intensity kept it close through the early part of the game until the offense could find its groove.
The Eagles took a slim 17-16 lead into the second quarter.
Skyline started using effective full-court pressure defense to create some turnovers and really pushed the ball well through the end of the first quarter and the entire second quarter to build a 48-30 halftime lead. The Eagles outscored their hosts 31-14 in the second quarter.
The two teams each scored 18 points in the third quarter and Skyline outscored Waverly 15-13 in the final period.
“The starting five was great throughout the first three quarters and we had great energy support from our subs,” Lovelace said.
Brandon Wade had a huge all-around game for the Eagles. The standout senior guard finished with 20 points, 12 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds while being aggressive all night on both ends of the floor.
Junior Ryan Wade had a thunder dunk on a Waverly player in the fourth quarter to go along with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Senior Jack Ammerman was great in transition and on defense scoring 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
DeSean Munson continues to improve dramatically on the stat sheet while continuing to bring great energy and athleticism. He finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks to go along with some really amazing dunks.
Sophomore Kabir Bergin was exceptional with 11 points and 4 rebounds, going 3 of 4 from three-point range.