Varsity Sharpshooting resulted in a ‘W” for the Bulldogs in hoops on Tuesday, January 6, against Clark-Willow Lake. The Bulldogs defeated the Cyclones 66-56.
Milbank’s Coach Logan Diede said, “We had a lot of guys hit outside shots tonight — Stevie Ash, Bennett Schwenn, Justus Osborn, Kellen Hoeke, and Garrett Mertens. Mertens was really huge for us — scoring the rock in the fourth quarter. He took over the game, and the whole team fed off that.”
Mertens racked up 25 points and Osburn added 18. Schwenn hit double figures at 12, Ash nailed eight, and Hoeke canned a three-pointer.
As a team, the Bulldogs’ scoring outpaced the Cyclones at 50 percent to 44 from the floor. Their free-throw percentage settled at 69 percent to crush the Cyclones at 40 percent.
The top scorer for Clark-Willow Lake was Brady Jordan with 16 points. Kaplar Felberg had 10. Felberg also brought down nine rebounds –six defensive and three offensive. Jaxson Wildung led the Bulldogs in rebounds. He had three each for a total of six. Mertens and Schwenn earned one block apiece.
Coach Diede said, Clark-Willow Lake is one of the better teams in our conference. They have talented guards all over the floor that can hit shots. We knew we would have our hands full on the defensive end of the floor contesting shots.”
Although the score was tied up three times and the two teams exchanged the lead 11 times, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing by six midway through the third quarter. “Our second half effort, specifically in the fourth quarter, was a total team effort,” Coach Diede said. In the final quarter, the Bulldogs picked up steam and pulled away to lead by 11 during the last minute of the game.
Period Scores: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Bulldogs 16 12 16 22 66 Cyclones 15 15 12 14 56
“I couldn’t be more proud of my boys for how locked-in they were to get the job done,” Coach Diede added.
Junior Varsity Joe Schulte scored 20 points to help the Bulldogs’ junior varsity squad down the Clark-Willow Lake Cyclones 43-37. Jaxson Wildung added 11; Tanner Hallquist, eight; Caleb Rick, two; and Max and Graham Lightfield each scored one.
Midway through the second quarter, Clark-Willow Lake led by 11 points, but the Bulldogs didn’t relent and were ahead by four going into the break. The third quarter was slow for both teams and the period ended with the score knotted up at 24. Things heated up in the fourth. The Bulldogs dropped in 19 points and the Cyclones just 13. The Bulldogs emerged victorious at 43-37 at the buzzer
As a team Milbank shot nearly 54 from the floor and hit nearly 67 percent of their free throws. Clark-Willow Lake lagged behind them at 37 and 53 percent respectively.
Joe Schulte led Milbank with seven rebounds and Tanner Hallquist grabbed six. Clark Willow Lake’s Cole Heiman recorded five.
Photos: top- Kellen Hoeke, middle- Jaxson Wildung