The Bulldogs faced scoring struggles in the second half which led to a 60-47 loss to Elkton – Lake Benton on Thursday, December 31, on the road. Milbank’s record drops to 1-3.
“We competed all game long but are still looking for the ball to go through the hole,” stated Milbank’s head coach, Logan Diede. “We’re getting good looks and playing much improved defense, but we need to finish our shots from the field and from the free throw line.”
The teams played dead even throughout the first half. The score was tied 10-10 after the first quarter and 25-25 at the midway mark. Milbank scored 11 points in each of the last two quarters, but Elkton – Lake Benton stepped up their offense to take the lead at 42-36 heading into the final stanza. Milbank, already working from a deficit, added only 11 points in the fourth quarter; Elkton – Lake Benton added 18. The Bulldogs fell 60-47.
Bennett Schwenn led the Dawgs with 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Mason Riley and Justus Osborn followed with eight points apiece. Riley grabbed six rebounds and had two assists. Osborn added one steal.
Ryker Trevett tallied seven points, one rebound, three assists, and one steal. Will Cummins chipped in with six points, three boards, five assists, and three steals. Carter Hartman rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with two points. He also had two rebounds and one steal. Stevie Ash and Aiden Foell contributed one rebound each. Garrett Mertens added two rebounds.
Milbank made 36 percent of their shots from the field, completing 16-of-45 attempts. The Bulldogs ended the game with 28 rebounds, 12 assists, and 10 steals. They committed just eight turnovers.
Elkton – Lake Benton hit 21-of-46 from the field for 46 percent shooting. The Elks ended the game with 36 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals. They committed 12 turnovers.
File photo – senior Will Cummins