The last time we saw the Skyline boys’ basketball team the Eagles were walking off the floor after a tough 61-59 loss to Novi in a Regional final game in March. It was their first and only loss of the season.
The first time we see the Eagles this season they are walking off the floor after an easy 72-39 over Novi in the season opener on Thursday at Skyline HS. It was their first win of the 2018-19 season.
It didn’t exactly avenge last year’s loss but it had to feel good to open the season with a win over the team that ended your season eight months ago.
Skyline opened up a comfortable 17-12 first-quarter lead and continued to build on the lead throughout the game. The Eagles led 30-16 at halftime and 45-26 after three quarters. Skyline, which outscored Novi 27-13 in the final period, was able to improve on its half court defensive effort and positioning during the game to hold Novi to difficult shot attempts.
Offensively, Skyline did not shoot very well in the first half and started to find more of a rhythm and shot the ball better in the second half.
Skyline was led by Ryan Wade and DeSean Munson. Wade had 22 points and 6 assists. Munson had 15 points, 13 rebounds and some spectacular dunks.
Sophomore Chris Cayton had a very good first varsity game as a starter applying his signature pressure defense, getting the team into offense and contributing 5 points and 5 assists. Kabir Bergin, a returning starter, had a solid game with 6 points and 3 rebounds.
Skyline got other key contributions from Jaylin Cooper with 10 points and 7 steals, Robert Malcolm Jr with 6 points and 3 rebounds and Spencer Morgan who added 2 points and 4 rebounds.
Skyline will host Wayne Memorial at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.