The Milbank Bulldogs extended their winning streak to six games with a 54-22 Northeast Conference victory over Britton-Hecla on Thursday, February 4, on the road. The Dawgs now hold a 9-6 overall record with five games remaining in the regular season.
“It was a great end to another week for our boys basketball program,” stated Milbank’s head coach, Logan Diede. “The wins are a nice plus, but what’s really going on is we are getting better every night and making that our only focus and it’s really showing. This group is a lot of fun to be around. Once again, I was very pleased with our defensive effort. The energy and lock-in is super high on that end of the floor, which gives us a chance every time the officials throw the ball up. Additionally, I thought we rebounded the ball really well.”
Milbank jumped out to an early 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Braves by 10 points to increase their lead to 32-16 at the midway mark. The Dawgs then turned on the jets in the second half. They held Britton to just six points — four in the third and two in the fourth— to collect the victory.
Bennett Schwenn paced the Bulldogs with a double-double. He scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and added two assists and two steals. Will Cummins followed with 13 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Ryker Trevett put up nine points and had two boards and three assists. Garrett Mertens posted five points, five rebounds, and four assists. Mason Riley contributed four points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Aiden Foell and Tanner Mertens hit two points each; Kellen Hoeke, one point.
Milbank dropped in 44 percent of their shots from the field, connecting on 23-of-52 attempts. The Dawgs snared 43 rebounds, had 19 assists and 19 steals, and committed 18 turnovers.
Britton-Hecla made just 8-of-38 from the field for 21 percent shooting. The Braves recorded 30 rebounds, five assists, 17 steals, one blocked shot, and 21 turnovers.
File photo – freshman Garrett Mertens