The Monroe boys’ basketball team battled back with a strong second quarter to cut visiting Skyline’s lead to 35-39 at halftime in an SEC Red Division matchup on Tuesday night. But the Eagles took flight with a dominant second half and cruised to an 83-46 victory over the Trojans.
It was a nice bounce-back performance for Skyline after falling on Friday to crosstown rival Pioneer.
In a game where DeSean Munson was ill and unable to play, other players stepped up and contributed in a big way for the Eagles.
Ryan Wade finished with 40 points which is a new Skyline school record for points in a game passing the 37 point total of Brandon Wade. Ryan also had 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds.
Kabir Bergin had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Davion Pipkins was great on defense all night and had 9 rebounds with 4 points. Chris Cayton had 7 points, 9 assists and 3 steals. Spencer Morgan had 8 rebounds and 6 points. Jack Williams had 6 points, Ashay Arora had 3 points and Anton Sorenson had 2 points in his first game on varsity.
The Eagles got off to a fast start led by Wade and Bergin on the offensive end and Pipkins, Cayton, Robert Malcolm Jr and Morgan on the defensive end as Skyline built a 24-12 first quarter lead.
Monroe was aggressive and kept battling in the second quarter and found some holes in the Skyline defense and narrowed the lead to four points. Skyline was able to convert on a basket to end the second quarter to lead 35-29 at half.
Skyline then poured it on offensively and defensively throughout the second half, changing defensive pressure schemes and red hot shooting.
Skyline will look to keep the momentum going at Saline on Friday Jan 18.