boys take seventh in tournament

The boys’ basketball team placed seventh at the 11th Annual 54 Classic basketball tournament that was held last week in Cunningham.

The T-Birds started the tournament against the sixth seed, Kinsley. Earlier in the season, Skyline beat Kinsley 63-46. At their second meeting, Skyline fell short 75-68, which sent them into the losing side of the bracket.

“It was definitely more of a challenge when we played Kinsley the second time because they knew how to stop our offense and beat our defense better,” junior guard Kasey Gilpin said.

The second game of the tournament Skyline took on the second seed, South Barber. Skyline again fell short to the Chieftains 62-44. Losing that game sent the T-Birds to the seventh and eighth place game, which was played against the eighth seed, Cunningham. The boys kept a small lead throughout the entire game, but fought hard until the end to come out with a win. The final score was 61-55.

“It felt good to get a win in the tournament because we had been working hard in practice and it had finally paid off,” senior post Daniel Hacker said.

The boys went into the 54 Classic with six wins and four losses. They are now 7-6. Skyline boys will take on Stafford on Feb. 3 at Stafford.

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