The Milbank Area Bulldogs suffered a 62-51 loss to Breckenridge, MN, in the closing game of the annual State Farm-S&D One Stop Basketball Shootout at the Milbank Armory on Saturday, December 30. The Dawgs dropped to 2-3 on the season with the loss.
The Bulldogs had a solid first half, and played closely with the Cowboys. Max McCulloch got things started for Milbank with a quick lay up. The Dawgs widened the gap to 12-7 following two big three-pointers by Jonny Ash and Jake Fox and a field goal from James Weber.
Milbank held a slight lead over Breckenridge in the second quarter. Will Cummins provided a spark with a three-pointer to widen the Bulldog advantage to 27-23. The opponent answered with five points to overtake the lead at 27-28 at the midway mark.
The teams battled it out in the third quarter, but Breckenridge went on a 10-0 run to close out the period and taking the wind out of the Dawgs sails. Milbank could not recover in the final stanza and suffered the 62-51 loss.
Ash led the Bulldogs with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night. Jake Fox followed with 10 points, four rebounds and one blocked shot. McCulloch tallied six points, six boards and one steal while Preston Morton had six points and one rebound. Derrick Aho chipped in with five points, one rebound and one assist, and Cummins finished the game with five points. Also adding to the totals for the Bulldogs were Jordan Riley, three points, and Weber, two points and one rebound.
Milbank went 18-for-48 from the field for 38 percent shooting on the night. The Dawgs ended the game with 21 rebounds, 11 steals, three assists, one blocked shot and 11 turnovers.
Breckenridge made 55 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 26 of 47 attempts. The Cowboys won the game with 34 rebounds, 10 steals and 16 turnovers.
Milbank will travel to Sisseton Saturday, January 6, for doubleheader basketball action. The boys varsity game will start at approximately 8 p.m.
Pictured is senior Derrick Aho