The Bulldogs were led by junior Bennett Schwenn in Milbank’s 63-48 Northeast Conference victory over Redfield on Thursday, January 28, at the Milbank Armory. The Dawgs’ season record improved to 6-5 with the win.
“I am extremely proud of the boys for how engaged they were, and have been, for the past couple weeks on the defensive end,” stated head coach Logan Diede. “We are becoming a very hard team to score on, and it’s really been propelling us on the offensive end as well. Bennett was an absolute monster and there was no answer for him. I’m just glad he’s on our side! The energy and togetherness are excelling right now.”
The first period ended with Milbank holding a 12-11 lead. The Bulldog defense held Redfield to seven points in the second quarter, which allowed Milbank to widen the gap to 25-18 at the midway mark. Milbank had a solid second half. They pushed the margin to 41-28 heading into the final stanza and continued to dominate until the final buzzer.
Schwenn fired in 31 points, grabbed two rebounds, and had three assists and one steal to set the pace for Milbank. Will Cummins followed with 10 points, eight boards, and five assists. Carter Hartman, Stevie Ash, and
Garrett Mertens each contributed five points. Hartman was credited with three rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Mertens had two rebounds and one steal. Mason Riley added four points, eight rebounds, and one assist. Ryker Trevett, Isaac Schulte, and Tanner Mertens each had one point to round out the scoring for the Dawgs.
Milbank made 46 percent of their shots from the field, dropping in 24-of-52 attempts. The Bulldogs outrebounded Redfield 41 to 24. The Dawgs also had 14 assists and 10 steals. They were charged with 13 turnovers.
Redfield knocked down 14-of-38 from the field for 37 percent shooting. The Pheasants recorded four assists, 11 steals, and one blocked shot. They committed 12 turnovers.
File Photo – junior Bennett Schwenn