OAKLAND -- It wasn't pretty, but the McClymonds High boys basketball team will certainly take the victory.
The visiting Warriors trailed 27-22 at halftime and 35-31 at the end of the third quarter Friday to a sturdy Skyline team. But McClymonds scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to stay undefeated in the Oakland Athletic League with a 51-48 win.
"We didn't give up. We didn't look at the scoreboard," said McClymonds' Deion Ellis, who was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the last 1 minute, 9 seconds of the game and finished with a game-high 13 points. The 6-foot-3 Ellis also had eight rebounds, a team-high five assists and four steals.
McClymonds (13-7, 5-0 OAL) took an 11-4 lead in the first quarter, but Skyline (10-11, 3-2) outscored the Warriors 23-11 in the rest of the first half. It was the first time this OAL season that McClymonds had trailed at halftime, according to coach Edgar Jackson.
But the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter and didn't trail after that.
"Our bigs really stepped up in the second half," said Jackson about his team's defense. Mike Wright had seven of his team-high nine rebounds in the second half for McClymonds.
Skyline stayed close in the fourth quarter, however. Two free throws by Bilal Coleman narrowed McClymonds' lead to 46-45 with 1:00 remaining.
But Ellis sank two free throws with 40 seconds remaining to start a 5-0 Warriors run. Skyline's Josh Torres sank a three-pointer with one second left for the final points of the game.
Kendall Segers paced Skyline in scoring with 12 points.