Dawgs, Eagles continue to harvest gold hardware

Thorndale takes Milano in early season showdown

Thorndale’s      Paxton     Jordan     takes a charge on  Milano’s         Jordan     Melton      (22) in the   Bulldog s’  las t-minute    61-58  win over    the Eagles      Tuesday       night in  Milano.       Repor ter/    Holl y Jentsch Thorndale’s Paxton Jordan takes a charge on Milano’s Jordan Melton (22) in the Bulldog s’ las t-minute 61-58 win over the Eagles Tuesday night in Milano. Repor ter/ Holl y Jentsch The No. 13 Milano Eagles basketball team put their ranking to the test on Tuesday night as they hosted cross county rival Thorndale at Geneva Paceley Gym.

The Eagles came out on top 61-58 and move to 10-0 on the season. Thorndale falls to 9-1.

Both squads have had early success, each winning their last two tournaments.

The two teams battled to a co-district title last season as the Bulldogs’ Matt Schneider hit a shot at the buzzer to defeat Milano.

Tuesday night ended almost the same way. With 2.5 seconds left in overtime, Paxton Jordan threw up a three from near the top of the key to boost Thorndale over the previously unbeaten Eagles 61-58.

Milano was plagued by turnovers and was easily beaten on the boards by a quick Bulldog team.

The Eagles fall to 9-1 on the season, while Thorndale improves to 10-0.

Isaac Leyendecker led the Bulldogs with 17 points, followed by Jordan with 13 and Falke with 11.

John Jentsch was high point for the Eagles with 15 points, followed by Thomas Sanders with 10.

Dominique Messer was the top defensive player for Milano with 10 boards and three steals.

Both squads have had early success, each winning their last two tournaments.

Tourney champs again

Milano brought home another trophy over the weekend, taking the Bryan St. Joseph tournament with three straight wins.

The Eagles opened tourney play with a 59-49 win over Class 4A Brenham JV on Thursday.

Three Milano players scored in double figures, led by Dominique Messer with 17, along with John Jentsch w ith 12 and Mayson Gibbons with 11. Jentsch led the team in rebounds with nine.

“We played hard, but played extremely ‘flat’,” Coach Robinson said. “Mayson Gibbons stepped up and played well that game.”

The Eagles then moved on to play 3A Caldwell on Friday and blew them out 56-34.

Thomas Sanders led the team with 15 points and four steals. Messer and Jaxson Robinson each had double-double performances.

Messer had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Robinson 14 points and 10 assists.

Milano met host St. Joseph’s in the championship game on Saturday and were never really challenged. They took the title game 72-22.

Messer and Robinson had their second double-double of the tourney. The sophomore had 14 points and 10 rebounds, where Robinson scored 12 points and dished 10 assists.

“The team played an exceptional second half. Winning a tournament in the host’s gym is always a great way to cap off a tournament,” Coach Robinson said. “We must continue to improve individually and collectively to reach our goals.”

The Eagles will travel to play Franklin on Friday, Dec. 17 and then host Lexington on Monday, Dec. 20. Milano will then participate in the Rosebud-Lott tournament Dec. 28-30.

Thorndale

Despite dropping their first game of the season, the Bulldogs captured the Moody Tournament, their second straight trophy.

In the title game, Thorndale walloped host Moody 70-51 with a strong second half after trailing at halftime.

Behind Leyendecker’s 18 points, the Bulldogs outscored Moody 40-20 in the second half.

Jordan supplied 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.

Thorndale ripped Rosebud-Lott 71-29 as Josh Ware was near perfection with a season-high 21 points.

The senior was 8-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. He also gobbled up seven steals, six rebounds and three blocks.

In the loss to McGregor, the Bulldogs were clipped at the end after losing fourth quarter lead.

Jordan had 12 points and Tanner Thomas 11.


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