Skyline loses gamble on game against Nevada team

January 4, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Kasen Williams, Skyline High School senior forward, tries to get a shot past Bishop Manogue’s Zach McElroy during the fourth quarter Dec. 30. By Christopher Huber

Of the many things the Skyline High School basketball team didn’t know about the visiting Bishop Manogue team was that senior guard Brennan Hogan could shoot threes in the clutch.

“He was a dark horse,” said Skyline junior forward Lucas Shannon, a defensive force for the Spartans.

The Bishop Manogue Miners (10-4), from Reno, Nev., ended Skyline’s 12-game home-winning streak with a 55-53 final-seconds win Dec. 30.

Skyline looked like it had pulled off the victory after big man Bryan Cikatz drained two free throws with 30 seconds left to go up 53-52. Skyline stole the Manogue inbound and missed an opportunity though.

When the Miners got the ball back, senior guard Niles Lujan fed the ball out to Hogan beyond the 3-point arc. Hogan fired from the right side and put the winning shot in with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. That wasn’t enough time to give Skyline a reasonable shot.

“I didn’t really think about it much,” Hogan said after the game. “It was pretty exciting. I was not expecting to take a shot.”

Hogan finished with 13 points for Bishop Manogue.

Although the contest had no bearing on league standings, Skyline went to 5-3 overall (2-1 KingCo).

The game looked to be typical of Skyline home victories — slow start, big second quarter and then hold a decent lead down the stretch. The Spartans did start out slow in the first quarter, but led 12-11 after the first eight minutes.

“We were having a little bit of trouble getting to the middle,” Shannon said.

The team eventually found momentum thanks to Cikatz and Shannon working the ball down low. Senior forward Kasen Williams scored six points in the second quarter to help Skyline get a comfortable 30-20 lead by halftime. Williams finished with a team-high 18 points.

“They started doing lots of screens,” Hogan said. “We just stopped pushing the ball.”

As Skyline looked to increase its lead, the Miners went on a 10-0 run to open the third quarter. Manogue’s Ethan Dillard put the Miners up 33-30 with 6:21 left in the third. He would finish with a game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers.

“We had a big mental lapse in the third,” Shannon said of Skyline’s mistakes. “We played well after that.”

After decimating Skyline’s lead, Manogue kept it close all the way through the fourth quarter. The Spartans led 44-39 to end the third, but the Miners relied on a few Skyline mistakes, good ball movement and key points from Dillard and Hogan. Manogue outscored Skyline 16-9 in the fourth quarter.

“We just came out shooting the ball well,” Hogan said.

Lujan, who had the assist on the winning 3-pointer, had 10 points. The Miners made eight of 13 free throw shots, while the Spartans made 12 of 18 attempts. Cikatz went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished with 13 points.

Shannon had eight points, sophomore forward Max Browne had six points and junior guard Will Parker finished with five points.

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