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Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 9:40 p.m.

Skyline completes two-game holiday tournament sweep and more Wednesday results

By Staff

This file will be updated throughout the night as we receive results.

On the heels of a huge victory over Warren De La Salle, coach Mike Lovelace decided to reward his Skyline High School boys basketball team by getting every member of the squad on the floor in the first half of Wednesday's game against Albion.

The reward almost cost his team. The Eagles trailed 27-16 at halftime of the Battle Creek Central Holiday Tournament game before rallying for a 51-46 win.

Theron Wilson led the Eagles (4-1) with 18 points and five assists in the comeback victory, despite going just 2-of-11 from the free-throw line.

"He was the difference in today's game for sure,” said Lovelace, adding that his entire team wasn’t focused at the line.

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The comeback was sparked by Sakthi Sambandan, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the third quarter, cutting the Albion lead to five in less than a minute. From there, Skyline got back to work on the defensive end and chipped away at the deficit.

"Albion was aggressive and we were just a step slow,” said Lovelace. "We emphasized getting back of D and pressing them,”

Andrew Nicholson led Albion with 13 points.

The win was the second in as many days for the Eagles. Between traveling and dealing with quality opponents, Lovelace thinks his team responded well to the two-day event in Battle Creek.

"We have a lot of confidence that way can play with just about anybody. We're extremely well tested just five games in,” said Lovelace.


A terrible night at the free-throw line led to a heartbreaking loss for Chelsea. Leading by four points with two minutes to play, the Bulldogs failed to convert numerous attempts from the line that could have iced Pinckney's chance for a comeback.

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"They put us on the line and we didn't convert,” said Chelsea coach Robin Raymond. "We allowed Pinckney to get back in the game."

The Bulldogs (2-3) were 3-for-11 from the line in the fourth quarter and 5-for-17 on the night. Pinckney made 6-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter, and was able to put game away because of it.

"We played well tonight until the last two minutes," said Raymond. "Good teams make plays in crunch time and we have to learn how to make plays at the end of the game."

The Bulldogs were able to hold Pinckney leading scorer Drew Stephens, who entered the game averaging 20 points, to just five. The Pirates were led by Peter Barry, who scored 10 points.

Leading by four entering the fourth, Chelsea struggled to adapt when Pinckney used its trap defense and turned the ball over seven times in the quarter. Those turnovers allowed the Pirates to get back into the game.

"We had control of the game for three quarters,” said Raymond.

Michael Steinhauer scored 10 points for Chelsea while Luke Hollandsworth and Jake Fischhaber each added nine.



Huron coach Steve Vinson said it was no exaggeration to say his team had its two best practices of the year on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Sadly for his ballclub, those practices did not translate to its game at the Motor City Roundball Classic.

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"I don't say this very often but, there weren't a lot of positives that came out of that game,” said Vinson, adding that his team lacked energy and focus all game long.

The River Rats (3-3) trailed 14-12 after the first quarter, but only scrapped out 12 points total in the second and third quarters combined.

"We didn't have very good possessions, we turned the ball over, took some rushed shots and didn't get the ball to Logan (Sims),” said Vinson. "The majority of turnovers in the first half were unforced."

Sims had eight points on the night, six of which came in the first quarter. Brittany Roberts’ 10 points was a game high and led Withrow.

Defensively, Huron forced 23 turnovers, but many of those opportunities were squandered at the other end of the floor.

“Those things (turnovers) just didn’t allow us to be effective offensively,” Vinson said.

Northville 50, Skyline 23

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Compiled by Matt Durr.