The Skyline boys’ basketball team is following the blue print of many great programs – open with a hard schedule and the rewards will benefit the team in the long run. The Eagles, who used that formula to perfection last year, opened up their new year against three marquee programs – Novi (last Thursday), Wayne Memorial (on Tuesday) and Detroit Country Day (this Saturday).
After an easy win over Novi, the Eagles ran into a very good Wayne Memorial team in a non-league game at Skyline. In a close game from the opening tip, the Zebras managed a 61-56 win over the Eagles.
After taking a 13-10 lead into the second quarter, Skyline was not able to capitalize on quite a few early opportunities and still managed to have a three-point lead with 40 seconds left in the half. But two turnovers led to a pair of Wayne Memorial baskets as the Zebras took a 28-26 lead into halftime.
Wayne Memorial started to build a lead early in the third and then Skyline turned up the full-court pressure defense midway through the third quarter to come all the back and take the lead. Wayne Memorial then turned a couple of good looks into baskets to retake the lead.
With 1 minute left to play in the game, the Eagles had to foul and Wayne Memorial was able to convert enough free throws down the stretch to earn the victory.
Senior Ryan Wade led Skyline with 21 points. Kabir Bergin had a great overall game with 15 points and played tough in the middle and down low. DeSean Munson had 14 points for the Eagles.
Skyline will regroup, refocus and prepare to have a much improved effort and execution on Saturday in the Ann Arbor Classic against Detroit Country Day at 7 p.m. at Huron.