The Milbank Area Bulldogs edged out the Redfield-Doland Pheasants 52-50 Friday, December 18, in its second consecutive road game. The Dawgs evened its season record at 1-1 with the victory.
“This was a game where we needed to play good defense as we didn’t shoot the ball very well,” explained Bulldog head coach Matt Bastian. “Redfield-Doland packed their zone in and dared us to shoot. Fortunately, we made just enough shots to pull out the win.”
In an evenly played contest, where the score was tied eight times and the lead exchanged hands 15 times, Milbank Area held a one-point advantage at the end of the opening quarter. Redfield-Doland took the slight second period advantage and tied up the score at 20-20 at the midway mark.
The battle continued throughout the entire second half. Milbank Area trailed by two points at 36-34 heading into the final stanza, but held on for the 52-50 victory.
“The number one thing for our team is to play team defense,” noted Bastian. “I feel if we do that, we will have some success. If we don’t defend together as a team, we are going to struggle. The guys really did a nice job battling on the defensive side of this contest.”
Sophomore Jonny Ash led the Dawgs with 23 points, six rebounds and two assists. Senior Nolan Foss followed with 12 points, four boards, and one turnover while Jacob Jackson added eight points, one rebound and one turnover in the contest. Nate Bien tallied three points, two rebounds and three turnovers. Also scoring were Matt Lenards, two points, four rebounds and one turnover; James Weber, two points and two boards, and Cody Dockter, two points, two rebounds and one steal. Kyle Montag and Tanner Gauer snared three rebounds apiece.
Milbank Area collected the win with 32 rebounds, three assists, one steal and seven turnovers. The Bulldogs made 36 percent of its shots from the field, hitting 20 of 56 attempts. The team was 4 for 6 from the charity stripe for 67 percent.
Redfield-Doland went 21 for 49 from the field for 43 percent shooting. The Pheasants finished the game with 38 rebounds, one assist, three steals and 13 turnovers.
Milbank Area will host Clark-Willow Lake Tuesday, December 22, at the Milbank Armory.
Junior Varsity and C team scores – The Milbank C team suffered a 32-25 loss to Redfield-Doland, but the JV came back to win 41-23.