Skyline boys beat Medicine Lodge 67-62 Friday in the semi-finals of the 54 Classic.
For awhile, it didn’t look as though Skyline’s winning streak was going to continue on Friday night. In the semi-finals of the 54 Classic, the T-Birds needed a second half rally, but they ultimately prevailed 67-62 over Medicine Lodge.
SHS had bested the Indians in the pre-season T-Bird Classic, and ML looked like it was out for revenge from the opening tip-off.
The Indians raced out to a 7-0 lead in the game’s first 3 minutes. Halfway through the second period, ML had its largest lead of the night at 24-11.
They were making shots and playing tough, physical defense and hitting the boards hard. Their 1-3-1 zone was active and seemed intent upon shutting down Skyline stand-out Tyler Tobin. They were, in fact, able to hold Tobin without a field goal on the night.
However, Sam Fisher hit a 3 at the halftime buzzer to cut the Indian lead to 31-22, which may have been the game’s turning point.
In the third quarter, Skyline was en fuego, pouring through 26 points while holding the Lodge to 12. SHS had a 48-43 lead heading to Q4 over the stunned Indians.
Medicine clawed their way back to within 1, 61-60 with a minute left.
In the final minute, Cooper Gates hit three clutch free throws- his only points of the night- to hold the Indians off. “Cooper knows his role,” Skyline head coach Kenny Eddy said. “He is there to run the offense and get the ball to our scorers. But he came up big when we needed him.”
Medicine get coming at the T-Birds, but Skyline eventually won 67-62. “Medicine is very gritty,” said Eddy. “They don’t give up.” Steve and Sam Fisher each tallied 24 pts on the night. The bench again paid dividends for Skyline, with Eliazar Carrasco and Colby Shriver in particular earning praise from Coach Eddy for their minutes.
The 54 Classic finals are Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Skyline 6 16 26 19 67
Medicine 11 20 12 19 62
SHS scoring: Sam Fisher 24, Steve Fisher 24, Lee 8, Tobin 4, Gates 3, Shriver 2, Swonger 2