The Milbank Bulldogs defeated the Redfield-Doland Pheasants in the opening round of the Region 1A high school boys basketball tournament and have advanced to the second round. Milbank travels to Groton Friday, March 6, to take on the No. 2 – seeded Tigers. Tipoff is 7 p.m. On the line, is a spot in the SoDak 16.
“I am proud of the boys and how they played tough and together and found a way to win against a dangerous Redfield team,” said the Bulldogs’ head coach, Logan Diede. “We are looking forward to our opportunity Friday in Groton, but know we first need to have two very good days of practice to prepare.”
Milbank downed Redfield-Doland by a score of 56-46 on Tuesday, March 3, in the Milbank Armory. The Dawgs jumped out to a 12-9 lead after one quarter of play. Milbank widened the gap to 31-21 at the midway mark. The Bulldogs struggled on offense in the third period, but remained ahead at 40-35 heading into the final stanza. They didn’t let up, and Milbank secured the victory at 56-46.
Bennett Schwenn led the Bulldogs with 22 points, one rebound, one assist, and two steals. Max McCulloch produced a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. He also added two assists and two steals. Will Cummins tallied nine points and six rebounds. Carter Hartman scored eight points, three boards, two steals, one assist, and one blocked shot. Evan Erickson made three points, four rebounds, and four assists. Karson Weber added two points, one rebound, and one steal. Mason Riley contributed one rebound, and Ryker Trevett had three boards, two steals, and one assist.
The Bulldogs made 44 percent of their shots from the field, firing in 21-of-48 attempts. Milbank grabbed 33 rebounds, had 13 steals, nine assists, and one blocked shot. They committed 11 turnovers.
Redfield-Doland hit 17-of-48 from the field for 35 percent shooting. The Pheasants ended the game with 30 rebounds, 10 steals, two assists, and two blocked shots. They committed 15 turnovers.
Photo – Bennett Schwenn