Eagles clear first half
The No. 24 Milano Eagles basketball team finished up the first round of District 27A play undefeated on Friday night against Granger and began the second round on Tuesday with a 46-36 road win over Bartlett.
The Eagles (20-5, 6-0) took an early 12-5 lead after the first quarter, but Bartlett came back and took an 19-18 advantage into the break. The Eagles fell further behind and trailed 29-24 to begin the fourth.
Milano head basketball coach Robbie Robinson said the shots just were not going in for his team tonight, despite coming out with the victory.
“There were lids on the baskets in Bartlett tonight,” Coach Robinson said following the game Tuesday night. “We took good shots all evening, but just could not get them to fall. We were due a sub-par shooting game, but our defensive intensity remained on point throughout the game and allowed us to escape with an important road win.”
The Eagles swallowed up the Granger Lions 69-40 on Friday night at Geneva Paceley Gym. Milano was in control the game early, up 22-5 after the first quarter. The only negative statistic was the team’s 19 turnovers on the night.
“It was great to see the guys play so unselfishly on offense and incredibly stingy on the defensive end,” Coach Robinson said. “
Four Eagles scored in doubledigits against Granger. Jaxson Robinson and Sam Walker each put up 12, with John Jentsch and Thomas Sanders adding 11 each. Robinson also had nine steals. Dominique Messer was Milano’s top rebounder with 12 boards.
“Our focus has been to take one game at a time and everyone has done a great job of holding up their end of the bargain,” Coach Robinson said.
The Eagles will host Holland on Friday night, as the Hornets are currently sitting third in the league standings. Milano will then head down US 79 on Tuesday, Feb. 9 to face off against Thorndale, the second place team in 27-A. The Eagles came from behind to defeated the Bulldogs on Jan. 22 50-44.
Milano is averaging 53 points per game to their opponents 39. Sam Walker leads the teams in scoring (10.8 ppg) and rebounds (7.5) with Jaxson Robinson leading the team in assists (5.8) and steals (4.2) per game.
Lady Eagles It has been a tough time as of late for the Milano Lady Eagles but they broke a four game losing streak with a district road win Tuesday night over Bartlett. That puts them in fifth place in the 27-A standings.
The 40-34 win gives the Lady Eagles (9-16, 2-6) the season sweep over Bartlett.
Milano was up just 15-12 at halftime. Senior Mandy Coldiron and junior Ashleigh Dykes each scored 11 points to lead Milano.
On Friday, the Lady Eagles fell to Granger 55-43 at Geneva Paceley Gym.
The visiting Lady Lions had as much as an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter but Milano was able to rally behind the outside shooting of junior Ashleigh Dykes and get within 10 points several times in the closing minutes of the contest.
Dykes led the Lady Eagles with 22 points on the night. Brittany Compton scored nine points in the effort, followed by Mandy Coldiron with six, Taryn Love with four and Desiree Adrian with two. Milano was 0 for 6 from the free throw line.
Milano’s junior varsity girls defeated Granger’s JV 34-24. Stonie Guthrie led the way with 10 points.
The Lady Eagles will close out their home schedule on Friday with games against Holland. First tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Milano’s girls teams will then wrap up the 2009-10 season on Tuesday, Feb. 9 as they travel to face league leading Thorndale.