The Milbank Bulldogs battled the Sisseton Redmen in a physical game of basketball on Friday, January 10, on the road. Milbank outshot the Redmen 63 to 53 percent, but the final score favored Sisseton at 63-69.
“I’m proud of how well our boys competed and were ready for a physical game with Sisseton,” stated Milbank’s head coach Logan Diede. “I couldn’t be more pleased with our effort and energy.”
The Dawgs held a one-point advantage at 12-11 at the end of the opening quarter. The Redmen recovered the lead at 25-29 at the midway mark. Milbank used the third quarter to snatch back the lead. They led 48-41 in the final stanza until Sisseton got hot from three-point land and closed out the game at 63-69.
“Credit to Sisseton for hitting a lot of tough shots in the fourth,” said Diede. “It was a learning experience for us, and we will be better in the future because of it. We have a competitive, good group of boys that are hungry to improve. Getting better is always our goal, and we will continue to do that!”
Max McCulloch led the Bulldogs with 17 points, six rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot. Bennett Schwenn followed with 16 points and seven boards. Will Cummins and Ryker Trevett chipped in 12 points each. Cummins also had two steals and one rebound. Trevett grabbed three boards and snagged one steal.
Also contributing for the Bulldogs: Mason Riley, two points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Evan Erickson, two points and one rebound; Carter Hartman, two points; and Karson Weber, two assists.
Milbank hit 26-of-41 from the field for 63 percent shooting. The Bulldogs racked up 25 rebounds, three assists, seven steals, and one blocked shot. They committed 11 turnovers. Milbank’s record now stands at 2-4.
Sisseton connected on 53 percent of their shots from the field, making 24-of-45 attempts. The Redmen recorded 23 rebounds, one assist, and 11 steals. They committed seven turnovers.