Milbank hosted Clark-Willow Lake on December 31, and the Cyclones lived up to their name. CWL’s Kaplan Felberg did some damage by dumping in 32 points and Trey Huber and Brady Jordan combined for 27 more to destroy the chance for a hometown victory at the Milbank Armory. The Bulldogs took the loss at 79 to 35.
Logan Diede, head coach for Milbank, said, “Clark-Willow Lake really played well. Hats off to them! They shot the lights out and have a couple players who are scoring really well early in the season. They’re a tough group to guard with their tough-shot-making ability, and they were feeling it all game. We will definitely look to use it as an opportunity to continue to improve and get back to work.”
Joe Schulte led the Bulldogs with nine points. He was first in rebounds for both teams at eight. Yohana Ajwanga made six points and pulled down two rebounds. Garrett Mertens added four points and two rebounds.
Jaxson Wildung, Will Snaza, Graham Lightfield, and Aiden Ludvigson put up three points apiece. Snaza, Lightfield, and Ludvigson made their points by nailing three-pointers. Justus Osborne and Eli Johnson claimed two points apiece.
The Bulldogs shot 42 percent, including 25 percent from three-point range and at the charity stripe. The Cyclones were deadly at 56 percent, including 48 percent from beyond the arc and nearly 74 percent from the free throw line. They connected on 11 three-pointers.
Milbank 30 vs. Clark-Willow Lake 39
Milbank’s JV team took on Clark-Willow Lake at the Milbank Armory on December 29. Clark-Willow Lake started strong with 20 points in the first quarter. Milbank finished strong with 12 points in the fourth. But it was too late for the Bulldogs and they took the loss at 30-39.
The Cyclone’s Emmerson Larson racked up 18 points and four rebounds. The Bulldogs responded with 10 points and two rebounds from Bryan Meyer and five points from Graham Lightfield. Emmett Hanson contributed four points. Mason Meister, Jack Howard, and Este Abrego-Gonzales each added three. Howard’s came in as a three-pointer. Sebastian Hooth hit a field goal to add two more.
The Bulldogs shot 28 percent from the field, including 23.5 percent from three-point land. They hit six of 15 free throw attempts for 40 percent.
The Cyclones earned a 45 percent field goal percentage, including 30 percent from beyond the arc. They hit only seven of 22 free throws for just 32 percent. Both teams drained four three-point shots.
Milbank 37 vs. Clark-Willow Lake 21
Milbank’s C team dismantled Clark-Willow Lake on December 29 at the Milbank Armory. Este Abrego-Gonzales and Jack Howard both hit double figures for the Dawgs. Abrego-Gonzales had 11 and Howard put up 10.
Ryan Keeton was close behind with eight points. Collin Phinney made three points. Greg Grabow and Jesu Padilla-Ramirez tossed in two apiece. Garrett Weber chipped in a free throw.
Milbank’s field goal percentage reached 34 percent. They also hit 36 percent from beyond the arc and 57 percent from the charity stripe.
The Cyclones settled for 21 percent shooting. They hit 18 percent from three-point range and missed all four of their free throw attempts.
Photo: Yohana Ajwanga goes up for two. Justus Osborn drives the lane.