Sparked by 22 points and seven rebounds from Joe Schulte, 12 points from Justus Osborn, and dominating “D,” the Bulldogs turned their game with Sisseton into a runaway on Tuesday, February 7, at the Milbank Armory.
The Bulldogs’ defense held Sisseton to under nine points in three of the four quarters and rattled the Redmen into committing double the number of turnovers the Bulldogs made. Milbank rolled to the win at 68-36.
Graham Lightfield scored nine points. Jaxson Wildung put up seven. They both also grabbed one rebound. Yohana Ajwanga added five points and six rebounds. Braylen Bowsher posted six points.
Aiden Ludvigson contributed three points. Emmett Hanson and Tice Mursu each put in two. Wildung surprised Sisseton with five steals and Osborn took possession for the Bulldogs three times.
Logan Diede, head coach for Milbank, commented, “The boys stepped up defensively tonight and caused a lot of turnovers from Sisseton to give us easy lay-up opportunities. We went against the zone the entire game on offense. Although we settled for threes too much, we had a lot of good looks when we got the ball inside – particularly to Joe Schulte.”
“Overall, we got better today,” Diede added, “and we were excited to get a conference win at home!”
The Milbank boys shot 46 percent from the floor despite only connecting on 18 percent from beyond the arc. They downed 11 of their 17 free throws for 65 percent.
Ethan DeSpiegler and Colton Hanson led the scoring for Sisseton. They made nine points apiece. Carter Stickland and Dean Schultz each had seven. Schultz and Hanson were also the Redmen’s leading rebounders at five apiece.
Sisseton finished with a 26 percent scoring average, including 27 percent from long range. They hit 13 of 21 from the charity stripe for 62 percent.
What’s next for the varsity Bulldogs? Milbank travels to Ortonville for a doubleheader with the Trojans tonight, Thursday, February 9.
JV Game—Milbank 41 vs. Sisseton 18 The Bulldogs JV team skewered Sisseton 41-18 in front of a home crowd at the Milbank Armory on Tuesday, February 7. Braylen Bowsher was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs at nine points. Sebastian Hooth made eight points and pulled down five rebounds. Emmett Hanson snagged nine rebounds. He also dropped in a field goal.
Bryan Meyer had six points and a rebound. Este Abrego-Gonzalez put up four points, four rebounds, and two steals. Greg Grabow zeroed in to make a three-pointer. Jack Howard also claimed three points. He grabbed four rebounds.
Mason Meister, Ryan Keeton, and Josh Pederson, each scored two points. Meister, Howie Zemlicka, and Layten Osowski added one rebound apiece.
Milbank downed 16 of their 38 field goal attempts for 42 percent, including three of 10 three-point attempts. They nailed six of 10 from the line.
Sisseton struggled from the floor and finished at just 15 percent. They knocked in five of 11 free throws for 45.5 percent. Their leading scorers were Bradley Hanson and Dana Bravebull, each with four points. Carter Strickland made three points. Hanson and Hayden Hellwig led the Redmen in rebounding at four apiece.
What’s next for the JV Bulldogs? Milbank travels to Ortonville for a doubleheader with the Trojans tonight, Thursday, February 9.
C Team Game—Milbank 38 vs. Sisseton 24 The Bulldogs C team spoiled Sisseton’s night on Tuesday, February 7, at the Milbank Armory. The Bulldogs defeated the Redmen with a final score of 38-24.
Este Abrego-Gonzalez led Milbank with 10 points and four rebounds. Ryan Keeton followed with eight points. Ethan Owen and Greg Grabow each posted five. Garrett Weber and Jack Howard added four apiece. Howie Zemlicka made two points and a rebound. Layten Osowski ruled three rebounds.
What’s up next for the Bulldogs’ C team? Milbank travels to Ortonville for a doubleheader with the Trojans tonight, Thursday, February 9.
Photos: Joe Schulte puts up 2 of his 22 points. Bottom – Justus Osborn puts in a layup to pad the lead at the end of the game.