The Bulldogs’ victory over Britton-Hecla on January 2 was like taking candy from a baby. The Braves, on the other hand, seemed to have... Bulldogs Devour Britton-Hecla 80-17

The Bulldogs’ victory over Britton-Hecla on January 2 was like taking candy from a baby. The Braves, on the other hand, seemed to have butterfingers. Britton-Hecla could not control the basketball and turned it over 18 times. Milbank crushed them with a final score of 80-17

Three players hit double figures for Milbank. Joe Schulte hit payday with a game-high 17 points. Yohanna Ajwanga followed with 16, and Garett Mertens made 13. Eleven players contributed points to Milbank’s total: Jackson Wildung and Este Abrego-Gonzalez each put up six. Sam Rick and Braylen Bowsher scored five apiece. Ryan Keeton made four. Jack Howard and Micah Seyer each put up three. Seyer earned his points by drilling one from downtown. Emmett Hanson added two points.

Wildung led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds – six defensive and three offensive. Ajwanga was next with eight – six offensive and two defensive. Schulte recorded seven. Emmett Hnson had six. Abrego-Gonzalez grabbed five. Keeton had three. Rick and Howard each had two. Mertens and Bowsher pulled down one apiece.

The Bulldogs connected on  31 of their 63 shots for nearly 50 percent overall. They were seven of 20 from behind the arc to finish at 35 percent. At the free throw line, they downed 11 of 17 attempts for just under 65 percent.

The leading shooters for the Braves, Ty Fagerland and Chaz Vietor, each scored four points. Dawson Treeby, Jaxon Zuehlke, Will Menter, and Ben Folkman each made one bucket. Mitchell Burger hit a free throw.

Britton-Hecla made only seven of their 43 shots from the floor – none from long range. They downed 50 percent of their six attempts from the line.


JV Game
Milbank 52 vs. Britton-Hecla 20
Emmett Hanson recorded a double-double to lead Milbank’s JV team to a 52-20 victory over Britton-Hecla on January 9. Hanson put up 10 points and 12 rebounds. He had one assist and two blocks. Ryan Keeton also scored 10 points for the Dawgs. He pulled down three rebounds. Josh Pederson and Howie Zemlicka each made seven points. Zemlicka had two rebounds and Pederson got one. Jack Howard added five points and five rebounds. Bryan Meyer and Este Abrego-Gonzalez each scored four points. Abrego-Gonzalez nabbed seven rebounds. Charlie Peery contributed three points and Mason Meister hit two free throws.

The Dogs took a lot of shots. They connected on 22 of their 62 attempts for 35.5 percent overall. They hit two of 22 from long range for just under 10 percent. At the line, they made good on 50 percent.

Chaz Vietor and Mitchell Burger led the Braves. Vietor scored six points and Burger had five. Ben Folkman had four points and three rebounds. Will Richter made two points.  Graham Fosness, Peyton Pearson, and Kaden Mills each hit one free throw.

The Braves hit seven of 25 field goals for 20 percent. They also downed 20 percent from three and collected five of 12 from the charity stripe for nearly 42 percent.

MIlbank JV–18—7—13—14—52

C Team
Milbank 41 vs. Britton-Hecla 18
Harley Zemlicka, Aiden Kelly, and Layten Osowski each scored a game-high six points to defeat the Braves of Britton-Hecla 41-18 on January 9. Jaxson Wiese, Garrett Weber, and Lance Engebretson helped pile it on with five points apiece. Ethan Seyer and Liam Heller each contributed three points. Jeter Scoular added one basket. Weber, Liam Street, and Zemlicka pulled down three rebounds apiece. The Braves got a second wind in the fourth quarter, but Milbank had built up a substantial lead and coasted to the win.

The Bulldogs hit 44 percent of their shots from the floor, including nearly 46 percent from long range. They downed one end of each of their free throw opportunities.

Lofton Heer made two buckets to lead the Braves in scoring. He also took down two rebounds. Jace Rein followed with three points and two rebounds. The Braves made 38 percent of their shots, but zip from three-point land. They went two of four from the line.

Milbank C–6—15—16—4—41

What’s next? The Bulldogs take on Redfield  in a home conference game on Thursday, January 11. Milbank holds a 4-2 record. The Pheasants sit at 1-5.


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