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Boys basketball: Skyline notches win in another thriller

ERIE — The Skyline boys basketball team might be fraying the nerves of its fans.

Yet as long as these long-awaited wins keep piling up, the Falcons and their backers will have no problem dealing with a little added stress.

Skyline shook off a sluggish first half to put together a dominant fourth quarter at Erie on Tuesday, rallying for a 60-55 win in a Class 4A Tri-Valley League game. The Falcons’ win came just four days after their epic three-overtime victory against Northridge on Friday and allowed Skyline to improve to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Skyline already has doubled last year’s win total, and the Falcons posted their first road victory in two years.

“We wanted to come out and be aggressive on the road, because we didn’t win a road game last year,” Skyline coach Michael Peterson said. “Win or lose, we needed to be aggressive. It’s exciting for the kids. We’ve got four seniors where this is their last year, and that’s the most important thing — that the seniors have a sendoff feeling successful. I feel like we’re competitive every night.”

Skyline trailed 40-35 at the end of the third quarter but used a 14-1 run in the final frame to take control. Tyler Wright began the burst with a three-point play and scored eight points overall during the decisive run. Wright finished with a game-best 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, while fellow senior Marcus Rice added 14 points.

The Falcons struggled at the free throw line through the first three quarters but came through in the clutch, making 15 of 23 during the fourth to steadily pull away.

Dylan Brink scored 17 points to lead Erie, which fell to 1-11 overall and 0-3 in the league while suffering its eighth consecutive loss since topping the Falcons in the Boulder Valley Invitational.

“We came in and hit our free throws down the stretch. Layups and free throws are what our game plan was,” Wright said. “Considering we played all summer, a hundred games or whatever we played, we’re starting to click. The triple overtime was exciting, but we needed this win on the road.”

Pat Rooney can be reached at rooneyp@dailycamera.com

Skyline 60, Erie 55

At Erie HS

SKYLINE (4-5, 2-1)

Wright 7 5-9 19, Dabney 1 7-10 9, Mandrell 2 2-2 8, Gutierrez 1 0-2 2, Rice 4 5-8 14, Quesada 2 3-8 8, Anthony 0 0-0 0, Buchtel 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 22-39 60.

ERIE (1-11, 0-3)

Batrez 3 4-6 11, C. Brink 2 0-0 4, D. Brink 6 2-2 17, Tallman 4 1-1 9, Roper 1 2-3 4, Leahy 3 0-0 8, Melton 0 0-0 0, Egan 1 0-0 2, Dudley 0 0-0 0, Charlesworth 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 9-12 55.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 11 11 13 25 — 60

Erie 11 19 10 15 — 55

3-point field goals — Skyline (4): Mandrell 2, Quesada, Rice; Erie (6): D. Brink 3, Leahy 2, Batrez. Total fouls — Skyline 16, Erie 27. Fouled out — Tallman, Roper, C. Brink. Technical fouls — None.