Thorndale, Milano grab up tourney gold
Milano breezed to the Dime Box Tournament championship while Thorndale grabbed up the Granger tournament hardware.
The No. 13 ranked Milano Eagles (6-0) basketball squad pounded its way through tourney play over the weekend, taking the championship of the Dime Box tournament. The team finished third there last year.
Milano was never really challenged in the tourney’s title game against host Dime Box on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles took a 34-15 lead into the locker room at halftime on their way to a 63- 36 win.
Sophomore Dominique Messer led the team with 12 points and six rebounds.
Senior Jaxson Robinson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Junior John Jentsch snagged in 11 boards to go with his eight points.
“We played with a lot of heart and desire. Our intensity level was high and our defense was exceptional,” Milano head Coach Robbie Robinson said. “This was a great overall effort by the entire team.”
To move to that championship game, the Eagles demolished the A&M Consolidated freshmen team 87-12.
Messer had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Milano. Alton Bryant contributed 14 and Mayson Gibbons 13 in the win.
Gibbons also snagged 11 rebounds and Robinson dished out 11 assists and six steals.
In their opening game of the tourney on Thursday, Milano easily took down Fayetteville 77-50.
Two Eagles recorded double- doubles in the game. Robinson led the team with 14 points and 10 assists, followed by Messer with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jentsch and Thomas Sanders also scored in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.
“Our unselfish play really worked to our advantage. All phases of the game were executed pretty well,” Coach Robinson said.
The Eagles had to play schedule scramble for Tuesday night’s game as they hosted Hill Country Christian out of Austin. Milano was originally set to travel to Burton on Tuesday night, but the Panthers had a scheduling conflict, as they just finished up football season on Friday with a loss to Falls City in the state quarterfinals.
The Eagles won against HCC 46-26, but never really settled into a groove.
““We came out tonight with great intensity, but lacked focus throughout the entire game,” Coach Robinson said about Tuesday night’s game. “It is still early in the season and our guys will work to correct that. We will get better and better with each game.”
Milano will play in the Bryan- St. Joseph’s tournament over the weekend beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday against Brenham JV. The Eagles will host cross county rival Thorndale on Tuesday, Dec. 14.Milano will play in the Bryan- St. Joseph’s tournament over the weekend and then host cross county rival Thorndale on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
The Bulldogs breezed through the Granger Tournament, whipping Central Texas Christian 86-36, Cedar Ridge 56-40 and Florence 70-41 in the championship game.
Against Cedar Ridge, Issac Leyendecker posted 15 points and grabbed nine boards to Job Mason’s 12 points.
Against Florence, Leyendecker hit for 14, Paxton Jordan 12 points, six boards and three steals and Josh Ware 11 points and six rebounds.
The Bulldogs ran their season record to 6-0 Tuesday night with another resounding victory, 74-17 over Flatonia.
Jordan pumped in 16 points, followed by Leyendecker’s 14 and Tanner Thomas’ 12.
In six games so far this season, the Bulldogs are averaging 75 points a game.
Leyendecker leads a balanced attack with 16.8 point a game.
Thorndale has eight players that average at least six points a game and four that average over nine.
Ware is the top rebounder at 7.5 points a game.