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Posted on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 10:51 p.m.

Skyline boys basketball team shocks Pioneer at the buzzer, 54-52

By Bison Collins Messink


Jarrius Mann (center) gets mobbed by his Skyline teammates following his game-winning buzzer-beater in the Eagles' 54-52 win over Pioneer Friday night.

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The Skyline High School boys basketball team set modest, attainable goals for itself this inaugural varsity season.

It may now be time to reset those goals.

The Eagles' Jarrius Mann scored on a putback at the buzzer to give his team a 54-52 Southeastern Conference Red Division home win over Pioneer Friday night.

With the game tied up after two clutch free throws from Pioneer's James Kelly, Skyline inbounded from the sideline with 4.6 seconds on the clock.

Skyline's Theron Wilson caught the ball at the top of the key and drove the lane, only to have Kelly rise up and block his shot. The ball fell right to Mann under the basket, however, and he laid it in uncontested just before the buzzer sounded, sending a large Skyline student section streaming onto the court.

"James (Kelly) blocked it, and I just got it and put it back up as fast as I could, because I knew when Theron shot it there was maybe two seconds left," Mann said of the final play.

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Sun, Feb 13, 2011 : 12:56 a.m.

Looking at their team website, there are no seniors on this team, with a 6-5 center and nobody over 6-3 at other positions. That makes their achievement even more astounding.


Sun, Feb 13, 2011 : 12:49 a.m.

This is quite an accomplishment. I was at Huron during their first two years, and I don't remember them beating Pioneer at any major sport except hockey during that time. Congrats to Skyline for winning earlier than most teams in their situation would.