It was a big night in many ways for the Skyline boys’ basketball team on Friday night. The Eagles defeated Brighton 61-41 to win the District title at Dexter High School. It was Skyline’s second straight District title and the third in the school’s short history.
Senior Ryan Wade also went over 1,000 points in his career in the win.
Skyline will play Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a Regional game at Lincoln High School.
Skyline came out hot on offense and clicking on defense to build a 22-11 lead after the first quarter. In the first quarter, Skyline made six three-pointers with four coming from the hot hand of Wade and two by Jaylin Cooper. DeSean Munson had two field goals in the opening quarter to help build the big lead.
Brighton needed a half-court shot at the buzzer just to finish with 11 points.
Skyline would continue to apply defensive pressure and switch up the defenses to take a 34-16 halftime lead.
After halftime, Skyline was determined to get this championship and came out in the third quarter with the same intensity to start the game. The solid offense and pressure defense helped give the Eagles a 52-23 lead after three quarters.
Near the end of the third quarter, Wade made a slashing lay up going hard to the basket to go over the 1.000 career points.
Both teams played reserves for much of the fourth quarter as Skyline finished the 61-41 District victory.
Wade finished with 27 points getting him to 1,001 career varsity points at Skyline. Munson had 13 points, Cooper scored nine and Jack Williams had five points in the win. Chris Cayton had three points, Davion Pipkins had two points, Ashay Arora had one point and Alex Batalonga scored his first career varsity point in the game after being on varsity for the past two seasons.
Brighton was led in scoring by Keenan Stolz with 11 points.