The Milbank Area Bulldogs were plagued with turnovers leading to a 64-54 loss to the Britton-Hecla Braves in boys basketball action January 13, on the road. Senior Jonny Ash fired in five three-pointers in the first quarter and had 15 of the team’s 18 points, but Milbank held only a two-point lead at 18-16 after one quarter of play.
The battle continued into the second period and Britton-Hecla was in the lead at 30-29 at the midway mark. Milbank scored just seven points in the third quarter, while Britton-Hecla fired in 18 points to increase their lead to 48-36. In the final stanza. Milbank outscored the Braves by two points, but it was not enough to overcome the third period deficit.
Ash led the Bulldogs with 26 points, including eight three-pointers. Jordan Riley tallied eight points. James Weber had seven. Mitch Quade and Preston Morton chipped in four points each. Jake Fox added three. Max McCulloch rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with two points. Quade led the team with eight rebounds, and Derrick Aho pulled down five.
Milbank went 21-of-45 from the field for 47 percent shooting. The Dawgs were just 3-of-11 from the charity stripe, but were 9-of-19 or 47 percent from three-point land. The Bulldogs snagged 29 rebounds and made eight steals and eight assists. They committed 16 turnovers.
Britton-Hecla made 52 percent of their shots from the field – hitting 27 of 52 attempts. The Braves secured the win with 17 rebounds, 20 assists, 11 steals, three blocked shots, and just eight turnovers.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Friday, January 19, when they host Hamlin at the Milbank Armory. The Bulldogs also host West Central on Saturday, January 20, in double header basketball action.
Photo – Jonny Ash (file photo)