Milbank lost the Battle of the Bulldogs 54-62 on February 21 in Madison, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fun game to watch.
After Milbank got off to a slow start and trailed 0-8 in the early part of the first quarter, they brought out their big guns. Stevie Ash ripped down a three-pointer to get Milbank back in the game and sparked a trend. By the time the final buzzer blew, Milbank had racked up 12 three-point shots. Ash led the pack with four three-point bombs. Justus Osborne, Bennett Schwenn, and Kellen Hoeke had two apiece. Garrett Mertens and Jaxson Wildung each added one. Milbank was also hot from the charity stripe. They converted 10 of 12 for 83 percent.
Their initial eight-point deficit, however, seemed to haunt them. Every time they made a run, Madison pushed back. Milbank trailed 29-36 at halftime and despite catching up at 41-42 at the end of three, they never grabbed the lead. Part of the reason included Madison’s, Aiden Jensen. Jensen piled up 28 points and took down 15 rebounds.
Ash led Milbank with 14 points, two rebounds, and two assists. Schwenn also contributed 14 points. He was perfect from the free-throw line at four of four and pulled off three steals. Mertens shelled out 10 points for Milbank. He added seven assists and three rebounds. Osborne had six points and four rebounds. Hoeke made six points and three rebounds. Wildung added four points and one rebound.
Milbank hit 16 of 48 field goal attempts for 33.3 percent. They connected on 12 of 30 from beyond the arc for 40 percent and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
After Jensen, Madison’s leading scorer was Nate Ricke with 10 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Mickale Doher had six points and three rebounds.
Madison made 51 percent of their field goals, including 41 percent of their three-point shots. They hit 61 percent from the free throw line.
Scores by Periods: Milbank 10 19 12 13 Total 54 Madison 14 22 6 20 Total 62
What’s up next for the Dawgs? Milbank travels to Aberdeen on Friday, February 25, to take on Roncalli.
Junior VarsityBattle of the Bulldogs
Milbank also lost the Junior Varsity Battle of the Bulldogs to Madison on February 21, in Madison.The final score was 57-63.
Will Snaza and Joe Schulte led the way for Milbank. Both put up 13 points. Schulte had three assists. Caleb Rick followed with 11 points, five assists, and two rebounds. Tice Mursu dropped in nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Jaxson Wildung recorded six points and six boards.
Milbank hit 43 percent of their field goals and 67 percent of their free shots.
The top scorer for Madison was Andrew Comes with 19 points and four rebounds. Eli Barger and Thomas Mechels each posted 10 points and five rebounds.
Madison made 44 percent of their field goals and nearly 74 percent of their free throws.
Scores by Periods: Milbank 9 17 12 19 Total 57 Madison 19 16 10 18 Total 63