The under-the-radar Eagles are on a nine game winning streak and consequently, are unbeaten in the early stages of the District 27A race.
The Eagles (16-5, 2-0) demolished Holland on the road Tuesday night and trounced all over defending district champ Bartlett Friday night at Geneva Paceley Gym.
Against Holland, the Eagles took an early lead and never looked back. They had the Hornets doubled up after the first at 14-7 and then took a 29-15 lead into halftime.
Milano extended that lead in the third and then had a big enough advantage to see some quality time for reserve players.
Eagles head coach Robbie Robinson, in his second year at the helm, said that winning on the road is huge in league play.
“Winning district games on the road is huge,” Robinson said. “We’ve been stressing to them that every team is going to give us their best shot and that we must be prepared to play well each time we take the floor. I believe that this team has great potential and can do big things”
Senior Sam Walker led the team with 12 points and seven rebounds. Jaxson Robinson, a junior, had 11 points and six assists, while freshman Dominique Messer scored 10 points to go with his 10 rebounds.
The Eagles are averaging 52.3 points a game and holding teams to under 40.
An impressive defensive showing by Milano helped them throttle Bartlett 69-36 Friday night.
It took the Bulldogs five and half minutes to score their first points of the game against the Eagles.
Milano took a 46-9 lead into the half and were able to hold on to that advantage, even with reserve players getting much needed court time.
“We played about as good of a first half Friday night as we’ve played all year long,” Milano head boys basketball coach Robbie Robinson said. “The focus was great. The hustle was great. The defense was incredible. We clicked Friday night and played exceptional basketball.”
Walker and Matthew Jentsch led Milano with 15 points each, with Walker also nabbing 10 rebounds.
John Jentsch was the boards’ leader for the Eagles nabbing 13 on the night and 14 points.
Walker is leading the team in rebounding with 7.6 per game, while Jaxson Robinson leads the team in shooting percentage (70), assists (5.8) and steals (4.0).
The Eagles will get a sure test on Friday night as their US 79 rivalry with Thorndale comes to Geneva Paceley Gym. Milano will then travel to meet Thrall on Friday, Jan. 26.
Milano’s varsity girls (8-12, 1-2) squad got a mark in the district win column this week as they continued with District 27-A play.
Milano’s varsity girls (8-12, 1-2) squad got a mark in the district win column this week as they continued with District 27-A play. The girls were to play Holland on the road Tuesday night, but not information from that game was sent in.
The Lady Eagles finally got a district win on Friday night, defeating Bartlett 42-19 at Geneva Paceley Gym.
They led just 17-12 at the half, but used pressing defense to pull away.
Dykes connected a short jumper with 2:20 left in the third to push Milano to a double-digit 26-16 advantage.
She would be the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with 16 points and seven steals.
Coldiron had a double-double on the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Love was the night’s top rebounder with 13 boards to go with her four points.
Milano will host Thorndale on Friday, Jan. 22 with games starting at 4 p.m.
SCORING—Walker 10.4; Jentsch 9.4; Sanders 8.5; Robinson 6.6 REBOUNDS—Walker 152-7.6; Jentsch, J. 126-6.3; Messer 125- 6.3; Jentsch 122-6.1 ASSISTS—Robinson 115-5.8; STEALS—Robinson 79-3.6. FT—Robinson 35-50 70% FG Jentsch, J. 43.2 % 3PT—Sanders 24.