Eagles earn consolation trophy at St. Joe tourney

Milano’s Eagle basketball team brought back a consolation place trophy from the Bryan-St. Joseph, along with a couple of “feel good” wins, according to head coach Robbie Robinson.

The Eagles (7-4) defeated host St. Joseph 53-38 on Saturday in the tourney’s consolation game.

Milano was down 9-5 after the first quarter, but stormed back to take a 23-12 at halftime. St. Joseph’s played catch up the remainder of the game, but just couldn’t overcome the Eagles’ focus.

“This was a big win for us. St. Joseph is tall and athletic, but the guys played very well in clutch situations,” Robinson said. “We’re pleased with the win, but the team still realizes that we have a lot of work to do before district rolls around in mid-January.”

Junior Thomas Sanders and freshman Jacob Willingham each scored 11 points to lead Milano.

Matthew Jentsch also scored in double figures with 10 and grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman Dominique Messer stood tall for three blocks.

On Friday, the Eagles dominated the Brenham JV 66-39 and saw the entire roster get significant playing time.

“This was one of those ‘feel good’ games for our team. The entire team got quality minutes and we played fairly well,” Robinson said. “The guys seem to be much more cohesive and understand the true meaning of the team concept. We crashed the boards well and limited them to one shot much of the afternoon.”

Senior starters Sam Walker and Matthew Jentsch and led the way with 14 and 13 points, respectively, and Walker also snagged 10 rebounds. However, it was the underclassmen and reserves that made the difference.

Sophomore John Jentsch had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Messer and senior reserve Robert Strong had 14 rebounds each.

The Eagles open up tournament play on Thursday with a hard 71-52 loss to Magnolia JV.

Walker and Messer scored 12 each in the loss and combined for 11 rebounds. Junior Jaxson Robinson contributed 11 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Lady Eagles

Milano’s girls varsity squad had a rough go of it over the weekend at the Snook tournament, losing two close games to quality teams.

On Thursday, the Lady Eagles (5-8) fell to North Zulch 33-22. Junior Ashleigh Dykes led the way with seven points in the loss.

Madison Simpson and Mandy Coldiron each scored four points, Brittany Compton three and Tiffany Williams and Taryn Love two each.

It was another tough go around on Friday when Milano faced Class 5A Bryan’s junior varsity squad. Dykes had 17 in the loss, followed by Coldiron with eight and Love with six. Allison Dodd and Simpson contributed four each and Compton three.

Milano will travel to Iola on Dec. 18.

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