The Milbank Bulldogs nailed down a 58-38 victory against their rival the Ortonville Trojans on Tuesday, February 2, in Ortonville. The non-conference basketball victory was the fifth-consecutive conquest for the Dawgs and moved their season record to 8-6.
“The boys were really locked in on both ends of the floor and got the job done,” said the Bulldogs’ head coach, Logan Diede. “I’m particularly pleased with our effort on the defensive end and how we took care of the ball. It’s always a little bit of an adjustment playing halves and having no shot clock, but we just played our game. I’m also impressed with how well the entire program handled the mask and social distancing mandate in Minnesota. We wanted to be sure to respect the rules they have in place, and we did a great job of that while getting the job done on the court as well.”
Each team scored an identical amount of points in the second half of the game as they had in the first half — 29 for Milbank and 19 for Ortonville. Thus, Milbank led 29-19 at the end of the first half and won the game 58-38.
Bennett Schwenn fired in 26 points for the Dawgs. He also grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists. Carter Hartman added eight points, seven boards, one assist, and two steals. Mason Riley chipped in six points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Ryker Trevett contributed five points, two rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Stevie Ash, Justus Osborn, and Aiden Foell added three points apiece. Will Cummins and Garrett Mertens made two points each.
Milbank dropped in 23-of -51 from the field for 45 percent shooting. The Dawgs snared 41 rebounds, had 19 assists and 11 steals, and committed 10 turnovers.
Ortonville made 28 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 14-of-50 attempts. The Trojans recorded 25 rebounds, 11 assists, and seven steals. They committed 11 turnovers.
File photo – senior Will Cummins