This is the time of the season where pretty doesn’t mean a thing. A win is a win and a win means you get to play again. And that’s all that matters in March when it comes to basketball.
After comfortable wins over Pioneer and Romulus, the Skyline boys’ basketball team flashed a few clinks in the armor, a few things that need to be tightened up and a few areas of mild concern. In other words, they didn’t play a great basketball game on Friday night.
Doesn’t matter. A win is a win and the win over city-rival Huron means they get to play again – this time on Monday in a regional game against Howell at Salem High School.
“We’ll take anything at this point,” Skyline Coach Mike Lovelace said. “We had to play Pioneer, Romulus and Huron in five days and also the kids had final exams this week. They’ve been taking exams in the morning and trying to bring it here every night.
“We had two emotional games on Monday and Friday against cross-town rivals with Romulus in the middle so it wasn’t easy. I’m very proud of them.”
The Eagles (22-0) face Howell at 6 p.m. on Monday at Salem High School. Howell is 14-8 on the season and won it’s District with a 54-37 win over Hartland. Novi (14-8) plays Lakeland (17-5) in the other side of the bracket. The winners play Wednesday also at Salem HS.
Lovelace has seen his undefeated team play better this season but, again, it doesn’t matter. And even if it did, there is no time to fix things. It’s time to move on, not look back. The fact that the Eagles won a District final without playing their best is more proof how good this team is – if 22 straight wins isn’t enough for you.
“We got the win (Friday) and that’s all that matters,” Lovelace said. “It doesn’t matter how it looks. We had to grind it out and Huron really battled.”