The Skyline boys’ basketball team is getting ready to take off into Districts next week and back-ended their schedule with a few challenging non-league games to help get ready.
After beating rival Huron on Tuesday in their final SEC regular-season game, the Eagles headed to Detroit to play a talented Detroit Northwestern Collegiate Prep team on Thursday night at Detroit Loyola High School.
In a close game from start to finish, the Eagles came up short in a 53-47 loss.
Skyline had its ups and downs in the first half with some good execution led by Ryan Wade with 12 first quarter points to help the Eagles grab a 19-16 first quarter lead.
Northwestern would continue to battle and keep it close. With about 1:30 left in the first half Skyline turned a quick run into a six-point lead and looked like it was going to keep that lead going into half. But Northwestern hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut Skyline’s halftime lead to 29-26.
In a back-and-forth third quarter, Skyline held onto a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter 45-43. Skyline in the fourth went cold from the field with many missed shots and had multiple turnovers and Northwestern continued to battle on the offensive glass and ended up earning a hard fought win making free throws down the stretch.
Wade ended with 25 points and 4 assists. DeSean Munson had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Davion Pipkins had 8 rebounds. Robert Malcolm did a great job handling the ball against the pressure throughout the game with only one turnover.
For Northwestern, Steve Pearson had 26 points and Erick Smith had 17 points.
Skyline will play its final regular-season game at home against Ferndale at 7 p.m. on Friday.