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  • T-Birds drop opener

  • St. John defeated Skyline's boys 93-35 to open the season.
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  • If you would have asked new Skyline head boys basketball coach Steve Little whom he wanted to face in the first match-up of his tenure, the answer probably wouldn’t have been, “Oh, let’s see…Yeah! Let’s bring in defending state champion and pre-season #1-in-2A-ranked St. John!” But that’s the hand that Coach Little drew. When the curtain fell on the season opener at the Thunderdome, St. John had shown why they are so highly regarded—taking a 93-35 win from the overmatched T-Birds. Employing a half-court trap with ruthless efficiency, the Tigers kept the T-Birds out of any kind of offensive flow while capitalizing early and often on Skyline mistakes to take the ball back the other way and score in transition. Dustin Weber scored a couple of hoops, Roman Ibarra and Dan Hacker each added a basket for the T-Birds, but St. John put in 34 points in the opening stanza to craft a dominating 34-8 lead. It didn’t get any better for Skyline in Q2. Brandon Abbott scored two buckets and two free throws points to account for all the T-Bird scoring. Meanwhile, St. John put up 28 more points and went into the locker room up 62-14 at halftime. The third period was the high water mark for Skyline, as they benefited from some balanced offense, scoring 13 points. Kasey Gilpin and Colin Little each canned a 3-ball. Brandon Abbott made another couple from the charity stripe. Brady McComb had a bucket and a free throw and Dan Hacker chipped in another basket. Unfortunately, St. John was putting up 26 points in the frame, and they extended their lead to 88-27 heading into the final frame. With the clock running, Skyline outscored St. John in Q4. Weber had a basket and Abbott got 2 more hoops and 2 more free throws. Skyline held ST. John to just 5 in the final quarter and the final was 93-35 St. John. Skyline hosts the Pre-season Tournament next week, beginning on Tuesday.
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