FRONT ROYAL — Skyline boys basketball coach Harold Chunn challenged his team at halftime on Tuesday night. Chunn told his team the way they were playing they wouldn’t make it to 50 points. The Hawks rose to the occasion and scored 55 points – in the second half.

The Hawks dominated in the second half en route to an 88-63 Class 3 boys basketball victory over Brentsville.

Chunn said he later challenged them to get to 70 points and they once again stepped it up.

“I told them (after the game) I said for me to challenge you like that and for you to play like that I shouldn’t have to challenge you,” Chunn said. “You should just go out there and play like that the whole entire game.”

The undefeated Hawks (6-0, 6-0 Class 3 Northwestern) started out strong and raced out to an 11-0 lead, but the Tigers hung around throughout the rest of the first period.

Brentsville (1-3, 1-3 Class 3 Northwestern) scored 22 points in the second period and took its first lead of the game, 30-29, with 1:40 left in the opening half.

Back-to-back baskets by sophomore Zack Diggs and senior Marion ‘Budder’ Haley gave Skyline a 33-30 lead and they held a 33-32 edge at the half.

The second half started off slowly for the Hawks. The Tigers hit three-straight 3-pointers and took a 44-38 lead with 4:59 left in the third period.

Skyline dug in and began to play some of its best basketball. The Hawks went on a 17-0 run to take a 55-44 lead with 1:52 left in the third period.

“The first half we played horrible,” Haley said. “But the second we came out and just started dominating. Our defense and our team chemistry kicked in. In the second half, we just turned it up.”

Chunn said that junior Adonis Lawrence gave the team a spark off the bench.

“He’s actually a really good defender,” Chunn said of Lawrence. “He’s not really known for his scoring, but he can play defense really well.”

The Hawks scored 28 points in the third period and led 61-46 entering the final eight minutes. They then added 27 more in the fourth, using their bench players for most of the quarter.

“Our bench gets in, we get so excited, especially scoring,” Haley said. “Because it hypes us up even more. It hypes them up so they play even harder.”

The Tigers were led by Brandon Forst with 21 points. Braeden Farr had 12 points and Trey Ilevbarel had 11 for Brentsville.

Haley led the Hawks with 20 points and 14 rebounds on senior night. Haley and Donte Porter are the team’s only seniors.

Diggs had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and junior Marlon Jackson had 11 points and six rebounds. Skyline had 12 different players score and 10 players had at least 5 points.

The Hawks play at George Mason on Friday and Chunn said the team will need to practice better to get prepared for the game.

Haley said the second half shows what the Hawks are capable of.

“We should have done it in the first half,” Haley said of the 55-point second half. “We probably could have put 100 on them. But we got to come back in practice and practice harder.”

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