ERIE — Jordan Nguyen hit two 3-pointers to start the game for the Erie boys basketball team on Friday night, but Skyline settled in and got back in the game right away. Once they built up a double-digit lead in the second quarter, they slowed down the Tigers offense in order to get the 59-49 road win.
"It's hard to win on the road in our league, period," Skyline coach Tyler Cerveny said. "Erie is as tough as anybody. I thought we did a good job in stretches of handling their press, though we did finish with 24 turnovers. We are getting tougher mentally and hit some big shots late."
Gage Robertson had the Falcons on track early, scoring 12 points in the first quarter alone. Initially scoring inside and at the free throw line, he then stepped out to the perimeter and drilled a couple of 3-pointers, sparking the Falcons to 20 points in the opening quarter.
"You want guys to come out, play aggressively and make shots. Gage did for us," Cerveny said. "He set the tone being aggressive offensively. He's a good drive kid who can get to the rim. He did a nice job for us."
The Falcons got the lead up to 13 early in the second quarter. From there, the defense took over and prevented the Tigers from going on a quick scoring run to get back in the game.
In addition to creating turnovers, Skyline forced Erie to one shot on many possessions and rebounded well.
"What (Erie) runs is really hard to guard, but I think effort is a big deal and keeping them in front of us is a big deal," Cerveny said. "We committed collectively with each other (on assignments). I think we can get better, but collectively, they're determined to get stops in big situations."
Robertson led the Falcons with 18 points while Nate McGregor scored 12 and Austin Robison had 10. Ethyn Toss led Erie with 18 points and Nguyen had 10.
The Falcons remain with one loss in Tri-Valley League play and can get back in the conversation for the league title Tuesday when they host Holy Family — who remain undefeated in the TVL.
"(Holy Family) is really good. We told our guys we're going to have to play an almost perfect game in order to beat them," Cerveny said. "I think at any day or time, anyone is capable of beating anyone, but we're going to have to play lights out and have a little luck."
Skyline 59, Erie 49
At Erie High School
SKYLINE (8-5, 5-1)
Gage Robertson 6 3-4 18, Nate McGregor 3 6-8 12, Austin Robison 3 4-8 10, Chris Roy 3 0-0 7, Haden Robison 2 3-4 7, Adrian Compian 2 0-0 5. Totals 19 16-24 59.
ERIE (6-7, 2-4)
Ethyn Tyson 7 2-2 18, Jordan Nguyen 3 2-4 10, Kevin Loy 4 0-2 8, Kayan Hargrave 3 0-0 6, Kael Lucero 2 2-2 6, Tristan Rademacher 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 8-15 49.
Score by quarters:Skyline (8-5, 5-1)20131115—59Erie (6-7, 2-4)1271417—49
3-point field goals — Skyline(5): Robertson 3, Compian, Roy; Erie(4): Tyson 2, Nguyen 2. Total fouls — Skyline 15, Erie 19.