Boys Basketball: Skyline’s big first half dooms host Saline in SEC contest


In the 2nd half, Saline continued to battle and was able to keep the game within striking distance as they hit some big three point shots. Skyline was able to attack the basket and score with Saline to keep the double digit lead in tact.

Ryan Wade, fresh off a school-record 40 points on Tuesday, had another big game to help lead Skyline to a 52-39 win Friday night at Saline. The senior guard had a complete game with 23 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds while making big baskets attacking the rim down the stretch.

The Eagles used a tremendous first half – at both ends of the floor. The Hornets managed only five points in the first quarter and eight in the second against Skyline’s always aggressive defense. Skyline led 16-5 after the first quarter 25-13 at halftime.

The Eagles outscored the Hornets 14-11 in the third quarter. Saline hit a couple of triples in the fourth quarter to stay within range but the Eagles kept attacking and never led the lead slip into single digits.

Spencer Morgan, who played many minutes while DeSean Munson is still sidelined with an illness, had a huge game. After not converting on three layups in the first half, Spencer was determined to not miss another and delivered. He converted 14 second-half points which included 4 of 4 from the free-throw line and was strong inside on the defensive end. He finished with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Kabir Bergin played real well despite being in foul trouble and had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Davion Pipkins and Chris Cayton (5 rebounds, 2 points, 2 assists) continued to have great defensive efforts on Saline’s top scorers.

Rob Malcolm Jr contributed 7 big points and 3 rebounds and was solid on defense. Ashay Arora had a rebound, steal and assist and Jack Williams had 2 rebounds while giving solid minutes in the victory.

Skyline will travel to Huron next Friday night for another big conference game.

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