Skyline improved to 1-0 on the season – the season that matters most.
Brandon Wade stole a pass near midcourt, went behind his back as he cut between two defenders and glided in for two points to push the Eagles to a 54-30 lead over Pioneer late in the third quarter. It was one of many dynamic plays for Skyline as the Eagles begin what should be a long playoff run with an impressive 81-47 win.
There also was a triple by Kabir Bergin to help get things going early in the game. There was a dunk by DeSean Munson that fired up the Skyline student section and the Eagles bench. There was Ryan Wade getting things rolling in the second quarter. There was Jack Ammerman lighting things up in the third quarter.
It all added up to a blowout.
And as good as Pioneer is – they are a very, very good basketball team – they had no chance against the Eagles. Not on this night. In this gym. Against this team. And especially not this season.
Standout seniors Brandon Wade and Jack Ammerman have played varsity basketball since they were freshman and had never won a single postseason game in a Skyline uniform. They helped lead their team to an impressive undefeated regular-season run. They were NOT going to lose this game. Just wasn’t going to happen.
They came out and established themselves right away. Got the lead to double digits while fans were still coming into the Skyline gym.
Munson who has been out with an injury returned to the lineup and didn’t waste any time to make an impact. He had eight points in the first quarter to help give the Eagles a 19-8 first-quarter lead. He finished with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
While four-year varsity players Brandon Wade and Ammerman grab the headlines, Skyline is a team, not a duo. Ryan Wade played another steady and at times electrifying game and Kabir Bergin made big shots and grabbed key rebounds.
This team could be on a historic run…running the table from start to finish. They can only lose one game this year and the way things are looking if that happens it will be in Lansing. There is a long way between here and there but the Eagles just made the trip closer by one game. Wednesday is another and it’s on to Friday’s District final against perhaps another city-rival in Huron.
No one said perfection is easy.