Milbank 60 — Florence-Henry 58
Milbank took it down to the wire in their 60-58 win against Florence-Henry at the Milbank Armory on January 25. Florence-Henry jumped out to an early 13-10 lead after one period of play. The Dawgs trailed 23-30 at the midway mark. Milbank came out of the halftime locker room on fire. They cut the deficit to just four points at 40-44 heading into the final stanza. Strong defense and on-target shooting, including a last-second shot, sparked the Bulldogs to a victory.
McCulloch recorded a double-double. He poured in 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. He also had four assists and two steals. Cummins followed with 19 points, one board, one steal, and three assists. Hartman tallied eight points, two rebounds, and one assist. Schwenn added six points, three rebounds, and two assists. Erickson added two points and pulled down one rebound. Mason Riley contributed one steal and Karson Weber grabbed two rebounds and made three assists.
Milbank fired in 44 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 21-of-48 attempts. The Dawgs snared 26 rebounds, had 11 steals, 13 assists, and committed just seven turnovers.
Florence-Henry hit 22-of-44 for 50 percent shooting and ended the game with 30 rebounds, seven steals, and three assists. They committed 15 turnovers.
Milbank 43 — Hamlin 53
Milbank fell 43-53 to the Hamlin Chargers on Friday, January 24. “I’m very proud of the way our boys keep battling through adversity and keep their mindset on getting better,” said the Bulldogs’ head coach Logan Diede. “We struggled to score against Hamlin… but the important thing is they stayed ready to go and got the job done against a very good Florence-Henry team the next day! We had a lot of guys step up and give us big minutes and hit big shots, and we hope to continue that trend.”
Milbank trailed by just two points at 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and cut that deficit to one point at 26-25 at the midway mark. The Bulldogs experienced a scoring drought in the third period. They dropped in just five points and allowed Hamlin to widen the gap to 30-36 heading into the final quarter. Hamlin played at the top of their game in the fourth quarter and denied the Bulldogs the win.
Will Cummins fired in 29 points to pace the Dawgs. He grabbed one rebound and had two steals. Bennett Schwenn tallied six points, two
rebounds, two steals, and one blocked shot. Max McCulloch also added six points, six rebounds, one steal, one assist, and three blocked shots. Carter Hartman contributed two points and four rebounds and blocked one shot.
Other players adding to the totals for Milbank included: Mason Riley, one rebound, one assist, and one steal; Evan Erickson, two rebounds and three assists; and Karson Weber, two boards, one assist, and one steal.
Milbank hit 15-of-38 from the field for 40 percent shooting. The Dawgs snagged 22 rebounds, stole the ball 12 times, blocked a Hamlin shot five times, and had six assists. They were charged with 16 turnovers. Their season record now sits at 4-5.
Hamlin made 40 percent of their shots, hitting 19-of-47 attempts. The Chargers wrapped up the game with 29 rebounds, 14 steals, and three assists. They committed 12 turnovers.
File photo – sophomore Ryker Trevett