Milano nabs third place at Dime Box tournament
In their opening game of the season, the Eagles suffered a six point loss at Burton after struggling from the free throw line. Milano met up with the Panthers twice over the last seven days, winning both match ups.
No. 2 ranked Mumford took the tournament with a victory over Lexington.
On Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym, Milano defeated Burton on home turf 50-37. The Eagles dominated the court in the first half, up 26-14 at the break.
The visiting Panthers made some adjustments at half time and were able to pull within eight during the third. Milano never lost the lead in the second half, but struggled with 22 turnovers in the matchup.
Sam Walker also had double figures with 10 points scored. He also managed five boards. Jaxson Robinson put up seven points, pulled in five rebounds and dished five assists, along had two steals.
Matthew Jentsch had six points to go along with his team high six rebounds. Dominique Messer also had six points and grabbed three rebounds.
Milano’s junior varsity boys also defeated Burton on Tuesday by a score of 42-33. Alton Bryant, Terry Gelner and Toby Sanders all scored in double figures with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The other win over the Panthers came in the third place game at the Dime Box tournament on Saturday. Milano carried a 21-14 lead into half time, but Burton just wouldn’t give up. The Eagles were finally able to put things away in the fourth to bring home a third place trophy.
“This was a little bit of a payback game for us. We opened the season against them in Burton and got beat by six,” Milano coach Robbie Robinson said. “Today our team only had six turnovers, a season low, which helped out quite a bit. Our free throw shooting was much better too.”
Senior Sam Walker and freshman Jacob Willingham each scored 10 for Milano with Walker also snagging nine rebounds. Sophomore John Jentsch was stingy on the boards with 10 rebounds.
Milano opened tourney play on Thursday with a 90-44 sloshing of host Dime Box. Thomas Sanders led scoring with 21 points followed by John Jentsch with 16. Jentsch also had nine rebounds, as did Sam Walker.
Jaxson Robinson was one point and one assist from having an impressive statistical triple-double. He had nine points, nine assists and 10 steals.
“Everyone got some quality minutes and performed great,” Coach Robinson said. “We ran the floor and played good defense the entire game. This game was a confidence builder.”
On Friday, the Eagles struggled shooting the ball from the field and foul line, according to Robinson. They lost to Lexington 42-34 in the semifinals.
“Lexington got too many second chance points off of offensive rebounds, but the team still is playing with tremendous intensity,” the coach in his second year at the helm in Milano said. We had our opportunities to win, but we could not capitalize on their miscues.”
Matthew Jentsch led Eagle scorers with 12, followed by Sanders with eight. Walker had nine rebounds to top defensive statistics.
Milano’s varsity will play in the Bryan-St. Joseph tournament over the weekend and then travel to Rosebud-Lott on Friday, Dec. 18 for junior varsity and varsity games. First tipoff is at 5 p.m. The Eagles will then have a 10- day holiday break before returning to Rosebud-Lott for their varsity tourney on Dec. 28-30.