Skyline Thunderbirds conquer Cunningham 61-15 in opening game of the 54 Classic Tournament on Jan. 19 in Cunningham.

It was a new look for the starting lineup for Skyline but the results were familiar with Skyline taking a 61-15 victory over the Cunningham in the first night of the 54 Classic being played at Cunningham.

Starting the game for the Thunderbirds were Ryan Adams, Kyle Hampton, Eliazer Carrasco, Mark Schmidt and Cade Swonger. The Fisher twins, Sam and Steve, who usually start, were both out with injuries. Sam rolled his ankle in practice and didn’t play at all while Steve was out with a broken nose after colliding with Sam during practice a couple of days before the Tuesday game against Cunning- ham. Steve did play but only for a minute and a half then sat out the rest of the game.

Steve will have to wear a mask but both are expected to be back in the starting lineup when Skyline takes on Medicine Lodge tonight in the second round of the 54 Classic, said Head Coach Kenny Eddy.

Skyline went after Cunningham from the beginning with a man-to-man defense for the first quarter and a half. Then switched to a 1-3-1 Zone for the rest of the game. The team pressed for the first 12 minutes of the game then halfway through the second quarter went to a zone and were still creating turnovers, Eddy said.

As in the past, free throws were a problem for the T-Birds in the first quarter. Cunningham made most of their points off Skyline fouls.

Swonger led the team with 14 points followed by Carrasco with 11 and Adams with 9. The team had over 30 rebounds for the night.

With a commanding lead, the game ended with a running clock in the fourth quarter and a final score of Skyline 61 and Cunningham 15