The Milbank Bulldogs suffered a 66-54 loss to the Sisseton Redmen Tuesday, December 15, in double-header basketball action at the Milbank Armory. The loss moves Milbank’s season record to 0-2.
“We struggled out of the gates to get any sort of rhythm on offense,” said head coach Logan Diede. “We didn’t do a great job controlling gaps to slow down Sisseton’s drive, and we didn’t do the job we needed to do on the glass.”
Milbank trailed 20-9 after the opening quarter of play and 37-24 at halftime. The Bulldogs came back in the third quarter to outscore the Redmen 14-9, but remained behind at 46-38 heading into the final stanza. The teams played evenly in the fourth, but Milbank could not overcome their early deficit and lost 66-54.
“Our boys battled all night and made it a game throughout, which put us within a couple possessions late in the second half,” said Diede. “I’m proud of the boys for that. We just can’t dig a hole like we did to start the game. We are excited to get back to work and keep improving.”
Mason Riley led Milbank with 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Garrett Mertens followed with 14 points, one board, one assist, and two steals. Bennett Schwenn tallied 11 points, two rebounds, and four assists. Ryker Trevett added eight points and one assist. Will Cummins chipped in six points, three rebounds, and three assists. Carter Hartman had three boards, three steals, and one assist.
Milbank hit 21-of-47 from the field for 45 percent shooting. They were 6-of-18 from three pointland and 6-of-11 from the charity stripe. The Dawgs finished the game with 21 rebounds, 22 assists, and eight steals. They committed six turnovers.
Sisseton made 55 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 23-of-42 attempts. The Redmen recorded 31 rebounds, 21 assists, and six steals. They committed nine turnovers.