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Ammerman's two free throws gives Skyline 76-75 victory over Detroit Northwestern

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

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Warren – Ann Arbor Skyline played its second game in 17 hours and for the first 16 minutes of its game on Saturday it showed.

Skyline (7-3) trailed Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern 45-35 at halftime before coming back to edge the Colts, 76-75, at Warren Fitzgerald.

The game kicked off the six-game Martin Luther King Freedom Classic presented by the Horatio Williams Foundation.

Jack Ammerman led Skyline with 22 points and his two free throws gave the Eagles a 76-75 lead with 11 seconds left. Northwestern had a chance to win it at the end but Kash Williams missed a shot at the buzzer.

“Northwestern played so hard,” Skyline coach Mike Lovelace said. “They challenged us. They made us turn the ball over and we got hot at the right time. We had a big game (Friday) night against Saline and these guys aren’t used to playing back to back. They might say they’re ready but you saw in the first half it just wasn’t there.

“We focused so hard on Saline, this was about adjustments in this game.”

Skyline defeated Saline at Saline, 59-48. The Eagles are 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference Red Division, a game ahead of Saline (9-2, 3-1) and Ann Arbor Huron (6-1, 3-1).

Against Northwestern Brandon Wade, one of the top juniors in the state, added 19 points, 11 in the second half.

Michigan coach Bacari Alexander and Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk were in the stands for the game.

For Northwestern (5-2), Steve Pearson had 21 points and Camaron Lamar had 19.