The Skyline boys’ basketball team welcomed Belleville to Ann Arbor on Friday night. The Eagles used a big third quarter to pull away for a 66-56 victory in another tough non-league game.
Skyline took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter on the strength of DeSean Munson and his six points inside and each team getting a feel for the game. The visiting Tigers pulled closer in the second quarter but still trailed 28-26 at halftime.
Skyline came out really hot to start the third quarter. Kabir Bergin made a three-pointer, Ryan Wade hit a triple and Munson scored to help the Eagles extend the lead to double digits. Skyline led 52-42 heading into the fourth quarter after outscoring Belleville 24-16 in the third.
Skyline, in foul trouble most of the game, had three starters foul out during the fourth quarter. With about 5 minutes left, Bergin fouled out followed by Wade about 30 seconds later. Skyline’s support players Robert Malcolm Jr., Spencer Morgan (four rebounds) and Davion Pipkins along with Munson and Chris Cayton were able to finish the game with ball control and getting the ball into the paint to finish with big baskets and defensive stops.
Munson had a huge game for Skyline. The senior finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds on 14 of 16 shooting from the floor and 5 of 8 from the free-throw line. Wade had 19 points while being in limited action because of foul trouble. He was 4 of 6 from three-range and 6 of 9 overall with 3 of 4 from the free-throw line.
Cayton added eight points with two assists; Bergin had five points and seven rebounds; and Malcolm Jr. had a great game taking care of the ball and getting Skyline into its offense. Pipkins played solid defense throughout the game for the Eagles.
Skyline hosts Dexter on Tuesday.