The Milbank Bulldogs treated fans to a barn burner in the last game of regular season play against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte on February 28. Carter Hartman dropped in three free throws for Milbank with 33 seconds left on the clock. Hartman’s sharp shooting gave the Bulldogs a one point advantage and secured the victory at 48-47.
“This was a close and competitive game from the start,” stated the Bulldogs’ head coach, Logan Diede. The score was knotted up at 11-11 after one quarter. Milbank pushed ahead at 24-21 at the midway mark. The Braves came back in the third period to even up the score again at 36-36 heading into the final stanza. Near the end of the fourth quarter, Milbank found itself behind at 45-47 when Hartman dropped in the critical free throws. Milbank held on to the one-point advantage and took the win.
“Our young men found a way to win when it wasn’t pretty, and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” added Diede. “CEB is a very good basketball team, and it was nice to get that win for our seniors on senior night.”
Max McCulloch led the Bulldogs with 18 points, nine rebounds, and one steal. Hartman followed with 15 points and four rebounds. Bennett Schwenn added nine points, one rebound, and one assist. Will Cummins had four points and six boards in the game. Ryker Trevett rounded out the scoring for Milbank with two points, three rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Also contributing to the team totals for Milbank were: Evan Erickson, four rebounds and one assist; Noah Steinlicht, one steal; and Mason Riley, two rebounds and one assist.
Milbank made 42 percent of their shots, connecting on 16-of-38 attempts. The Dawgs grabbed 33 rebounds, pulled off 10 steals, and made four assists. They were charged with 22 turnovers.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte hit 17-of-52 from the field for 33 percent shooting. The Braves finished the game with 27 rebounds, 22 steals, and one blocked shot. They committed 13 turnovers.
The Dawgs head into post-season play with 12-8 record.
Photo – MHS senior Noah Steinlicht