The Milbank varsity basketball team loved the outcome of their game with Waverly on Valentine’s night on the road. The Bulldogs locked in the win at 56-47 to stretch their winning streak to six in a row. Joe Schulte, a 6’4″ junior, was Milbank’s top scorer with 16 points. Schulte also latched onto four rebounds and swept up two steals.
Junior Garrett Mertens pitched in 13 points and six rebounds. Justus Osborn, a senior, added nine points and four rebounds. He also pulled off four steals. Sophomore Emmett Hanson was close behind with seven points and four rebounds.
Junior Jaxson Wildung put up four points and two rebounds. Yohana Ajwanga, also a junior and also quick on the rebound, grabbed five and added two points to Milbank’s total. Sophomore Graham Lightfield chipped in three points and a rebound. Senior Eli Johnson contributed two points and one rebound.
The Coyotes had three players in double figures. Landon Maag scored 19. Owen Gilmour and Grant Homan followed with 10 points apiece. Waverly’s leading rebounders were Holman with eight, and Troy Kneeland with six. Kneeland also got credit for a block and a steal.
The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the floor, and the Coyotes ended at 43.5 percent. Milbank outdid Waverly from long range. They finished at nearly 30 percent and Waverly could not eke out 10 percent. Milbank hit seven of 16 from the free throw line for 44 percent. Waverly downed one of three of their attempts from behind the stripe.
Milbank now sits at 12-6 for the season overall and 4-2 in the region. Logan Diede serves as the head coach for the Bulldogs.
What’s next for the Bulldogs? Milbank tangled with Webster on Friday, February 17, and came up with another win. See complete results here on the Valley Express. Then, get ready for the Battle of the Bulldogs. Madison comes to the Milbank Armory on Monday, February 20. It’s the last home game of the season. Don’t miss it!
Photos: Joe Schulte drives the lane to the basket. Justus Osborn puts in a layup late in the third quarter that allows Milbank to pull away from the Coyotes. Bottom- Eli Johnson takes it to the hoop.