Bulldogs 53 – Waubay-Summit 63
Despite starting the season with two losses, Milbank’s head basketball coach, Logan Diede, said, “Although we came up short in the W column, I am absolutely 100 percent more encouraged with this squad than I have ever been. This group works extremely hard, plays together, and gives us options on both ends of the floor…”
Milbank came up just short at 63-53 against Waubay-Summit on Friday, December 13. The Dawgs trailed 14-19 at the end of the opening quarter. Milbank came back to cut the deficit to 27-29 at halftime, but the Mustangs increased their lead to 40-47 heading into the final stanza.The Bulldogs fell 63-53.
“This game was simply a ball security issue,” stated Diede. “You aren’t going to win many games with over 20 turnovers. If we can clean that up — and we will — we will find ourselves on top of those opponents.”
Additional stats from the game were not available.
Bulldogs 40 – Lennox 83
Milbank hosted Lennox on Saturday, December 14, in double-header action at the Milbank Armory. “Lennox is a top-five team in the state, and they showed us that,” said Diede. “With that being said, I was proud of how hard our guys battled to the final whistle. We know what we need to do to be able to compete with the best the state has to offer, and we will continue to do that day in and day out.”
Lennox jumped out to an early 12-23 lead after one quarter of play. Milbank scored just four points in the second period which widened the gap to 16-50 at half time. The Dawgs held the Orioles to 19 points in the third quarter and just 14 in the fourth, but lost the contest 83-40.
“We will have an emphasis this week on defensive closeouts and gap containment,” stated Diede. “On the offensive side, we will continue to clean things up and focus on being tough with the basketball.”
Will Cummins led the Bulldogs with 28 points, two rebounds, and one steal. Bennett Schwenn added four points and one rebound. Ryker Trevett produced four points, one board, two assists, and one blocked shot. Noah Steinlicht and Mason Riley each added two points to the Milbank total. Steinlicht also had three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Riley had two assists.
Also contributing for Milbank were: Evan Erickson, one rebound and one assist; Karson Weber, one assist and one steal; Stevie Ash, one blocked shot and one steal; and Cade Howard, one board, one assist, and one steal.
Milbank shot 43 percent from the field, hitting 16 of 37 attempts. The Dawgs finished with 12 rebounds, eight assists, two blocked shots, and nine steals. They committed 14 turnovers.
Lennox poured in 68 percent of its shots from the field, making 30 of 44. The Orioles collected 30 rebounds, six assists, and 14 steals. They committed 12 turnovers.
Photo – junior Will Cummins