The Bulldogs scored their second win in hoops in a week when they took down the Redmen 72 -53 in Sisseton on Tuesday, February 6. Milbank’s season record improved to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in conference play. They sit in second place behind Groton (6-0) in 1A.
The Dogs are at Colton tonight, Saturday, February 10, for a non-conference game against Tri-Valley. The Mustangs sit at seventh in Region 3A. They can count only one significant win and that came against Redfield in late January. They have tacked up 10 losses this season, including a defeat apiece to Tea, Madison, Vermillion, West Central, Dell Rapids, and Lennox. If the Bulldogs packed their energy for the trip south today, and they stick to business, the betting gods suggest they should be able to bring home their third win in a row.
At Sisseton, Garrett Mertens scored 17 points and added four assists and five rebounds. Jaxson Wildung followed with 14 points and five assists. He had eight boards and two steals. Joe Schulte also had eight rebounds. Schulte paired that with 12 points. He robbed the Redmen of the ball five times.
Este Abrego-Gonzalez scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds. Graham Lightfield had an assist and a steal to go with his five points. He drained one 3-point bucket. Yohana Ajwanga, Sam Rick, and Emmett Hanson each made four points.
Ajwanga also claimed three rebounds and blocked one shot. Braylen Bowsher hit a field goal and secured two rebounds. Jack Howard made a basket and a rebound. Ryan Keeton snagged one rebound.
Overall, the Bulldogs hit 58 percent of their shots from the floor. They put in 10 of 15 free throws for nearly 67 percent.
Sisseton ended with three players in double figures. Christian Shepherd led with 11 points. Dana Bravebull and Nate Tchida each made 10. Hayden Hellwig was close behind with nine. Jeremias Perez made five points. Ethan DeSpiegler and Carter Stickland put up four apiece. Bravebull gave the Bulldogs the most trouble on the glass. He grabbed seven rebounds. Sisseton downed 45 percent of their shots overall. They matched Milbank at 67 percent from the stripe.
Milbank 60 vs. Sisseton 21
The JV Bulldogs put the Sisseton JV team to bed early on Tuesday, February 6, in Sisseton. Milbank took the win at 60-21. They led 28-14 at the halftime break and 50-17 at the end of three.
Emmett Hanson chalked up 18 points, an assist, five rebounds, and a steal. Charlie Peery scored 14 points. Ryan Keeton recorded eight points, two assists and three rebounds. Sam Rick had five points and a steal. Josh Pederson and Este Abrego-Gonzalez made four points apiece. Abrego-Gonzalez added an assist, five rebounds, and a steal. Pederson got three rebounds.
Jack Howard made three points, two assists, and three rebounds. He picked off the ball twice. Mason Meister and Bryan Meyer each scored two points. Howie Zemlicka and Layten Osowski each nabbed a rebound. Harley Zemlicka got a steal. The JV Dawgs hit 52 percent of their shots overall and downed six of 11 from the line for 55 percent.
Carter Stickland led Sisseton with nine points. Bradley Hanson made six points and a rebound. Bryant Brown and Jeremias Perez each put up three points. Brown added four rebounds and a steal. Perez also had a steal. Bremer DeSpiegler had two rebounds and a steal. Desmond Owens made three rebounds and blocked one shot. The Redmen finished the game with a 32-percent shot average.
Milbank 33 vs. Sisseton 19
Harley Zemlicka fueled the Milbank C team to victory with nine points, three assists, and three rebounds. Layten Osowski and Garrett Weber led the defense with six rebounds apiece. Jeter Scoular put up five points and added a rebound and three steals. Mack Koplin scored four points. Cody Kasuske got a bucket. Aiden Kelly made a free throw and got one rebound. The Bulldogs shot 34 percent overall. They also made seven of 11 from the free throw line for 64 percent.
Mario Alvarez led the Redmen with seven points and two rebounds.Vincent Donnell made four points and two rebounds. Reggie Lincoln posted three points and two rebounds. Ryder Graff and Drake Haug contributed two points apiece. Caden Gibson threw in a free throw.