ERIE — Skyline's Josh Angstead was the take-charge kind of character the Falcons needed Friday night against the Erie Tigers.

Truth be told, however, it was a coming-together kind of performance for a squad that had just been dealt two blowout losses to some pretty good teams.

Angstead had 20 points and nine rebounds, but Hunter Gutierrez and Braden Blick had an enormous second half in SHS' 58-45 win over the Cameron McCurry-less Tigers.

"We've been struggling, just kind of playing fractured, and we had a team meeting this week that really helped us come together," Angstead said after shooting 6-for-10 from the floor and adding eight free throws. "It showed on the court, if we stick together we're going to get the points we need to get the win.

"Tonight, we had each other's back."

The Falcons beat Erie for just the second time in the past seven meetings by limiting the hosts to 29 percent shooting (17 for 58) and controlling the rebounding game. Gutierrez had 11 rebounds and Matt Dietz had eight for SHS (5-6, 2-1 Tri-Valley League).

Erie (1-11, 0-3) competed early, getting a spark from Christion Santisteven's buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to trail 14-11 — and the Tigers only trailed at half 23-21 — but a couple of huge plays turned the tides in the third quarter.

Blick had a tough drive followed by a 3-pointer early on, and Gutierrez had three inside buckets, including a short baseline jump shot that dropped at the 1 minute, 5 second mark of the third to give Skyline its biggest lead at 37-28. The Falcons made 6 of 13 shots in the quarter.


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Erie did not score in the fourth quarter until the 3:42 mark, but Angstead played the role of closer with 11 points in the final frame.

"There are guys on the team that look up to (the veterans), and so we have to get out there and lead," Angstead said.

Jadon Lucero and Clint Allen each had eight points to pace Erie, while Brevin Anderson's eight rebounds led the team.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Skyline 58, Erie 45

At Erie HS

SKYLINE (5-6, 2-1)

Logan Eckern 0 0-0 0, Kyle Nilsen 0 0-0 0, Nate Higgins 4 0-0 10, Braden Blick 3 2-4 9, Ben Hall 0 0-0 0, Garrett Angstead 6 8-12 20, Hunter Gutierrez 5 0-0 10, Matt Dietz 4 1-2 9. Totals 22 11-18 58.

ERIE (1-11, 0-3)

Clint Allen 4 0-1 8, Justin Boyle 0 0-0 0, Austin Bohn 0 2-2 2, Taran Black 0 0-0 0, Ethyn Tyson 2 2-2 4, Chantz Schenbeck 2 0-0 4, Christion Santisteven 2 0-0 5, Luke Loy 1 0-0 2, Jadon Lucero 3 0-0 8, Alex Mathis 1 2-2 5, Noah Prowell 0 0-0 0, William Campbell 1 1-2 3, Brevin Anderson 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 7-9 45.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 14 9 14 21 — 58

Erie 11 10 7 17 — 45

3-point field goals — Skyline (3): Higgins 2, Blick; Erie (4): Lucero 2, Santisteven, Mathis.