Boys Basketball: Eagles take off with strong second half in rout of Country Day


The Skyline boys’ basketball team played a solid, yet somewhat lukewarm, first half on Saturday against Detroit Country Day in the finale of the Ann Arbor Classic at Huron High School. Something seemed just a bit off for the Eagles, who still managed to take a 36-30 lead into halftime.

Whatever the issue was, the Eagles figured it out at halftime and came out flying in the third quarter, outscoring Country Day 21-5 to take control of the game. Skyline cruised to the win column with a 71-53 victory to cap off an Ann Arbor boys’ basketball sweep in the annual tournament.

Both Pioneer and Huron won their games earlier in the day.

Ryan Wade

Ryan Wade finished with a game-high 26 points along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. DeSean Munson had a monster game inside for the Eagles and finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Kabir Bergin had eight points and seven boards. Chris Cayton and Jaylin Cooper each scored eight points.

“The third quarter was our most disciplined defensive effort of the year along with sharing the ball and getting the right shot at the right time on offense,” Skyline Coach Mike Lovelace said.

Ahead by six points heading into the second half, the Eagles quickly pushed the lead to 38-30 on a tip by Bergin. A triple from Wade from the top of the key gave the Eagles a 41-30 lead.

Then it was time for Cooper to take over. The senior hit two triples from the same corner spot to push the advantage to 47-30 with 4:40 left in the quarter. He then drove to the basket and hit a reverse layup to make it 49-30.

Wade then hit a triple while practicially falling into the Skyline bench just before the buzzer to send the Eagles into the final quarter with a 57-35 lead.

The Eagles opened the game with a dunk from Munson. Wade then spread his wings, hitting a jumper to make it 7-4 before knocking down two triples to give Skyline a 16-10 lead.

The Eagles led 17-15 after one quarter.

Cayton had a three-point play early in the second quarter to put the Eagles back in front at 26-25. Wade hit a triple and Muson turned a rebound into a bucket to make it 33-27.

Wade’s triple sent the Eagles into halftime with a 36-30 lead.

The Eagles play Tuesday at Sterling Heights Stevenson.

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