Gallery: Saline Boys Basketball Teams Fall at Skyline

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 01/24/2016 - 01:48

The Saline Hornets varsity basketball team led 6-4 with 4:51 to go in the first quarter but then gave up a 9-2 rally to the Eagles and never got closer than nine points the rest of the way, losing to the Ann Arbor Skyline Eagles 68-47 Friday night. 

A subdued Jacob Fosdick, head coach of the Hornets said following his team’s blow-out loss, “We just never got it going tonight.  We didn’t have any energy and nothing we tried worked, and that’s frustrating.  You have to give credit to Skyline, they played a great game.  They made a lot of three point shots, they converted on their free throws and played tough defense all night.”

Everyone knows about “Murphy’s Law”, and against Skyline, the Hornets saw it happen to them over and over.  Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong and at the worst possible time.  From the 6:06 mark to 1:58 remaining in the half, the Eagles scored on an 11-0 point run to blow open the game.  Saline went into the locker room at the half down by 17, 34-17.  Skyline employed full court pressure throughout the game forcing the Hornets into nine first half turnovers, compared to only four for the Eagles.

The second half was much of the same of the first, though Saline did manage to outscore Skyline in the fourth quarter 19-18 but that was too little too late.  For the game, Saline committed 16 turnovers to Skyline’s 11, and out-rebounded the Eagles 20-17. 

Coach Fosdick added, “We knew that Skyline was a great shooting team so we planned to use a zone defense against them.  They hit their three pointers, so we moved out to cover that and they got the ball underneath and made easy lay-ups.  They are a very good team.” 

The Hornets get back into action next Friday night on the road against Ypsilanti, the #6 rated team in the state.  Tip off time is 7 p.m.

THE SALINE POST THREE STARS:

1st Star:  Emmett Turner (15 points, 8 rebounds)

2nd Star:  Calder Pellerin (12 points, 3 rebuonds)

3rd Star:  Jacob Finkbeiner (4 points, 3 rebounds & fiery play on offense and defense)

TURNOVERS DOOM JV, FALL TO SKYLINE 53-39

The Saline JV team committed twelve first half turnovers, which converted directly to 14 first half points and that was the difference in the game as the Hornets lost 53-39 to the Skyline Eagles Friday night on the road.  Head Coach Jason Pickett said after the game, “we gave them fourteen points and then decided to start to play.  Their defense rattled the guys and we kept giving them easy opportunities to score.  We settled down in the second half and started to play our game but we had gotten ourselves into too dig of a hole.”

The Hornets managed to out-rebound Skyline 17-11 for the game, including grabbing nine offensive rebounds but too many of those offensive rebounds were not converted into points.  Freshman guard Connor Terech grabbed five offensive rebounds in the first quarter but that effort still was not able to keep Saline close.  The Hornets went into the locker room at the half trailing 35-16.  Saline out-scored Skyline 17-10 in the third quarter as their pressure defense forced the Eagles into nine second half turnovers.

Saline was led by freshman forward Ethan Friedrichsen and sophomore forward Adam Heisler with 11 points, followed by Terech with 8.  The JV squad gets back into action Friday night against Ypsilanti.  Tip off time is 5:30pm.

THE SALINE POST THREE STARS:

1st Star:  Adam Heisler (11 points and 6 rebounds)

2nd Star:  Ethan Friedrichsen (11 points, 2 rebounds)

3rd Star:  Connor Terech (8 points, 6 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds)

HORNET FRESHMEN HOOPSTERS LOSE AT SKYLINE

In what became a clean sweep for Skyline in hoops play Friday night, the Saline freshmen team began the evening in the same fashion that ended the evening, losing in a convincing fashion 71-54 on the road.  The freshmen were led by Ben Schmidt’s 15 points, followed by Win Walker 14 and Brad Wisnieski with 10.  The freshmen Hornets will go on the road to take on Ypsilanti on Friday night.  Tip off time is 4pm.

THE SALINE POST THREE STARS:

1st Star:  Ben Schmidt

2nd Star:  Win Walker

3rd Star:  Brad Wisniewski

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