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Milano takes tournament title from hosts Rosebud-Lott
BY MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer

Milano Freshman Dominique Messer (left) has stepped up his rebounding lately, here snaring one of his game-high 12 in the championship game against Rosebud- Lott in the Cougars’ own tournament.  Milano Freshman Dominique Messer (left) has stepped up his rebounding lately, here snaring one of his game-high 12 in the championship game against Rosebud- Lott in the Cougars’ own tournament. ROSEBUD—Milano’s varsity boys basketball team surprised a lot of people over the holiday break, capturing the Rosebud-Lott Holiday Classic tournament championship in upsetting fashion.

They did so by taking down the host and the Class 2A No. 16 ranked host Cougars 56-42 in the title game.

Rosebud-Lott had defeated the Eagles (12-5) twice earlier in the season.

“The team was anxiously anticipating this game. They had beaten us twice before this season by four points in each of the two previous meetings,” Eagles head Coach Robbie Robinson said. “This was a tremendous win to springboard us into the new year. The coaching staff is extremely proud of these young men.”

Sam Walker notched a double-double against Calvert in the Rosebud- Lott Tournament with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Walker notched a double-double against Calvert in the Rosebud- Lott Tournament with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Milano trailed the Cougars by three going into the second quarter, but the Eagles stepped up their defensive effort and shut down Rosebud’s inside game. Milano took a 24-19 lead into halftime.

Thomas Sanders spurred Milano’s 21-point third quarter and the Eagles were able to put the game away in the fourth. The junior had 19 on the night.

Freshman Dominique Messer came alive as well, pulling in 12 rebounds and scoring eight points along with four blocks.

Sam Walker had eight points and eight rebounds, while Jaxson Robinson scored eight points, five assists and three steals.

Coach Robinson attributes the win to his team’s overall play.

“We played a great ball game defensively and shot the ball pretty good, as well,” he said.

To get to the championship game, the Eagles had to get past two formidable opponents in McGregor and Calvert.

Milano opened up tournament play after being off 10 days with a 53-29 win over McGregor. Sophomore John Jentsch led the Eagles with 21 points.

Messer and Walker led the team in rebounding with eight and six, respectively, while Robinson dished in seven assists.

“Our intensity was on point during the first half and our shots fell during the first sixteen minutes of play,” Coach Robinson said. “I thought that we lost our focus during the second half, but overall the effort was, once again, great for us.”

There is no question that Calvert is always a very athletic team, but that was no match for Milano’s defensive effort in the tourney semifinals game.

“We rebounded the ball exceptionally well and when the opponent is limited to one shot a possession, good things tend to happen for you,” Coach Robinson said.

Milano was up by double-figures at 28-18 going into halftime of the match, and held on to take the game 51-34.

Walker and fellow senior Matthew Jentsch each grabbed 10 rebounds, with Walker snagging a double-double with 14 points.

John Jentsch and Thomas Sanders each added nine points with Jentsch adding eight boards. Messer had an eight point, eight rebound effort, while Robinson had five points and eight assists.

This is the third trophy Milano has brought home in as many tournaments this season. The Eagles took the third place trophy in the Dime Box tournament and consolation at the Bryan-St. Joseph Academy tourney.


The Eagles picked up a win against Brazos Christian Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym 44-29.

Matthew Jentsch led Milano with 14 points, while Messer and Walker dominated the boards with 10 rebounds each.

“The guys played extremely well the first eight minutes of the game in every aspect,” Coach Robinson said. “We continue to struggle with keeping a high level of intensity for an entire game, but the team is aware of this and knows that with district approaching, we must play a 32- minute game.”

Milano hosted Mart on Jan. 2 for an afternoon game. The Eagles dominated from the opening quarter, defeating the visiting Panthers 49-25. Messer had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Matthew Jentsch and Robinson also scored 10 points in the win with Robinson also taking five steals.

Coach Robinson said that Milano’s momentum from a successful tournament appearance carried over against the Panthers.

“We caught Mart off-guard and pretty much put them away early in the game,” he said. “We continue to get better with each game and our rebounding is improving, as well. The guys shot the ball well and our defense continues to get better.”

Milano’s junior varsity also took care of Mart’s subvarsity 45-27. Alton Bryant and Toby Sanders scored in double figures with 19 and 10 points, respectively.

Final preparation

With just eight days until district begins for Milano, they will take on Snook and Waco Texas Christian Academy in their final warm up games. The Eagles will host Snook at Friday, Jan. 8 and then travel to TCA on Jan. 12. District 27-A play will start Jan. 15 when Milano host Bartlett.

Lady Eagles

The Milano Lady Eagles (7- 10) broke a seven game losing skid over the holiday break and then picked up another win on Tuesday night.

They now look ahead to District 27-A play that begins Friday when they host Thrall.

The Lady Eagles had a tough go of things in the two tournaments they were in before the winter break, losing six straight and then falling to Iola 36-32 on the road Dec. 18.

Senior Mandy Coldiron was Milano’s high scorer with 10 points in the effort.

After a 10 day break they came back refocused and were able to take down Florence 50-41 at Milano’s Geneva Paceley Gym.

Junior A shleigh Dykes led the Lady Eagles with 12 points with senior Brittany Compton added 10.

On Saturday, Milano tried to extend that win streak, but fell on the road to Anderson-Shiro 37-23. The Lady Eagles had fallen to the Lady Owls by 10 points earlier in the year.

With the new semester, came a new attitude for the Milano squad as they put away visiting Brazos Christian on Tuesday night 39- 22. The game remained close at 8-7 after the first quarter, but the Lady Eagles were able to extend their lead to 16-10 by halftime.

Milano’s inside game found life and they were able to outscore Brazos Christian 26-12 in the final two quarters. Dykes led the way again for the Lady Eagles with 13 points. Compton and Coldiron each had six.

League play will start Friday when Milano host Thrall for games beginning at 4 p.m. The Lady Eagles will then travel to Granger on Tuesday, Jan. 12 before returning home to face Bartlett on Friday, Jan. 15.

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