Ann Arbor Basketball: Pioneer Boys Shock Skyline With Overtime Buzzer Beater
ANN ARBOR — Rivalry Matchups can be unpredictable, and Friday’s clash between the Ann Arbor Pioneer and the Ann Arbor Skyline boys’ basketball teams was no different.
For the second time in their last three games, Pioneer found a way in overtime to win their rival 60-58 thanks to a buzzer-hitting layup from Brady Cunningham.
The Pioneers surprised Skyline with their third straight win and second win in overtime in their last three games.
“Great team win,” said Pioneer coach Rich Marion. “It’s always difficult to run the entire game and then go OT, but credit has to be given to Skyline. They kept coming back in the fourth quarter. I’m very happy for our boys.”
Pioneer led most of the game, going into the fourth quarter at 40-32, but the Eagles beat the Pioneers back 20-12 to go into overtime with 52 points.
Despite giving up their lead in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers beat Skyline by a basket to secure the win and move up to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference Red.
“We put in a lot of work over the Christmas break and then had an extra week hitting each other when our Bedford game was postponed because of Covid,” Marion added. “They just kept working and were rewarded with a win tonight.”
The Pioneers were led by Josiah Schaafsma, who finished with 18 points, while Josh Turman entered with 12 points and Elijah Klein added 11 points.
Skyline was driven by Ben Stille, who had a game-high 19 points with seven blocks. Jayden Potts scored 15 points and Will Gardner finished the tournament with nine points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles.
Pioneer will next host Ypsilanti Lincoln on Tuesday, while Skyline (6-3, 4-2 SEC-Red) will look to end their 2-game slip against Temperance Bedford on Tuesday.
A balanced attack keeps Huron’s Conference winning streak in check
The River Rats continued their SEC-Red stronghold on Friday with a 70-55 win over Monroe.
Huron used a 25-point second quarter to pull away from the Trojans and earn their 21st straight conference win.
Braylon Dickerson scored 19 points to lead Huron, followed by 12 points each from Percy Bates and TJ Bell, while Mac Moore added eight points and Enkidu Anthony finished with seven points as Huron settled to 7-1 and 6 in the SEC-Red: 0 improved .
The River Rats host rival Pioneer on Friday.
Lincoln beats Dexter to second win in a row
The Railsplitters appear to be finding a groove for their second straight win after a 52-48 win over Dexter.
Kamari Joplin led Lincoln with 12 points and four assists, and Jashaun Davis added seven rebounds for the Railsplitters, who advanced to 4-3, 2-3 in the SEC-Red.
Dexter was led by Brennan Parachek, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Ty Rychener had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists and Cal Bavineau added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Lincoln will play Birmingham Groves for a third straight win on Monday, while Dexter looks to hit back at Saline on Tuesday.
Saline surpasses Monroe with one-sided win
The Hornets drove past Monroe 69-46 to claim their fourth win in their last five games.
Cooper Fairman finished ahead of Saline with 15 points, followed by Tyler Thibeault with 12 points and Braden LaRusso with 11 points.
Saline improved to 7-2 and 3-2 in the SEC-Red and welcomes Dexter on Tuesday.
Arbor Prep ranks 10th in a row with a win over Clarkston
The wins roll on for Arbor Prep after a 51-40 win over Clarkston.
Kari Woods led the Gators with 12 points and five assists, followed by Stephanie Utomi’s 10 points and six rebounds.
Arbor Prep, the No. 1 team in Division 3 in the state, improved to 10-0 for the season and will seek a No. 11 win over Detroit University Prep on Wednesday.
Dexter recovers against Lincoln
After the 7-game losing streak ended on Thursday, the Dreadnaughts wasted little time to return to victory on Friday with a 55-6 win over Ypsilanti Lincoln.
Chloe Perry led Dexter with 18 points while Sydney Pnacek added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Brianna Rodriguez and Alena Blumberg finished with eight points each.
Dexter improved to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in SEC-Red while Lincoln fell to 2-7 overall and 2-3 in SEC-Red.
Dexter will next host Saline on Tuesday, while Lincoln is back in action against Ann Arbor Pioneer on the same day.
Pioneer rolls past Skyline
The Pioneers finally returned to the court on Friday after almost a month without a game and dominated Skyline with a 63-30 win.
Lauren DeWolf led the Pioneers with 16 points and five assists, Savannah Brewer had 14 points and Kaylie Karsch added 10 points.
Pioneer is now sitting 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the SEC Reds and will travel next to play Ypsilanti Lincoln on Tuesday.
Skyline fell to 3-5 and 2-4 in the SEC-Red and will face Temperance Bedford on Tuesday.
Saline continues dominating SEC Red run
The Hornets remained the crème de la crème with a 58-19 win over Monroe in SEC Red action.
Sophie Canen beat Saline with 25 points and five rebounds, while Kate Stemmer finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Ella Dean recorded six points and four rebounds.
Saline (10-0, 5-0 SEC-Red) will travel to Dexter on Tuesday for a duel between the top two teams in the conference.
Whitmore Lake drops off near the Huron Valley
Whitmore Lake fell 43-42 to Westland Huron Valley Lutheran with a last-second 3-pointer.
Huron Valley hit the game-winning shot by four seconds to steal the win.
Brooke Craven led Whitmore Lake with 14 points and 15 rebounds, Adriana Canter added with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Abbey Tracy and Alexis Karpenko contributed six points each.
Whitmore Lake fell 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference with the loss and will be back in action Tuesday at the Sterling Heights Parkway Christian.
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