Bulldogs Stevie Ash, Justus Osborne, Garrett Mertens, Bennett Schwenn, Kellen Hoeke, and Joe Schulte all dropped in three-point bombs to demolish Sisseton 67-42 in conference play on February 8 in Sisseton.
According to Logan Diede, head coach for the Bulldogs, Milbank was on a roll and hit a season-high number of three-point shots from beyond the arc. They torpedoed 13 of 18 for 72 percent. Sisseton made just five of 15 from three-point land for just over 33 percent.
Overall, the Bulldogs downed 51 percent of their shots. Coach Diede said, We got out to a hot start by hitting shots in the first quarter to build a 20-11 lead. Then, we went cold in the second quarter, which led to a run by Sisseton.
We got redialed in at half time with the things we wanted to do on both ends of the floor… and the boys answered the call.” Coach Diede said, “Stevie Ash was huge for us on the defensive end of the floor all night — deflecting passes and causing turnovers for Sisseton.” Besides hitting three three-point shots, Ash secured five steals and made three assists to add to his 11-point total for the night.
Garrett Mertens was the top scorer for Milbank. He dumped in 16, including three of his three-point attempts. Mertens had five assists, two rebouonds, and a steal. He also was perfect from the charity stripe at five of five. Justus Osborne scored 11 points for the Dawgs — nine of them from behind the arc. Wylie Mursu had eight points and three rebounds.
Joe Schulte had seven points. Kellen Hoeke had six points, including two three-pointers. He also had four rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Bennett Schwenn had six points and contributed four assists, and two rebounds. Will Snaza added two points.
Sisseton’s top scorer was Riley Bravebull. He had 19 points. Ty Langager had 11. Jason Fisher, eight; Nate Tchida, three; and Jairus Chanku one. Althogether, the Redmen hit 41 percent of their field goals and 56 percent of their free throws.
Scores by Periods: Milbank 20 9 19 19 Total 67 Sisseton 11 14 9 8 Total 42