Eagles keep up the pace as district play begins

Milano rises to No. 10 in latest coaches poll
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer

With District 27A play now underway, Milano’s real test has begun.

The No. 10 ranked Eagles passed their first and second challenge of league action with a 71- 31 road win over Thrall on Friday and a 66-32 victory over Georgetown Gateway on Tuesday.

The Eagles improve to 18-2 overall and 2-0 in district play.

Georgetown Gateway came to Geneva Paceley Gym on Tuesday and kept up with the Eagles to begin with as the teams were tied 10-10 after the first quarter.

Milano found its groove and slowly continued to build a lead, eventually doubling up Gateway.

Dominique Messer had another double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. He also recorded eight steals.

He was joined in double figures by Toby Sanders with 11 and Alton Bryant with 10.

Milano hit the road to open up district play Friday at Thrall.

The Tigers proved no real test for the Eagles as the visiting team was up 35-10 at the half.

Jaxson Robinson led all scorers with 14 points. He also had seven assists and three steals.

Dominique Messer had 13 points and 16 rebounds on the night. Toby Sanders was also in double figures with 10 points.

“This was a tremendous team effort,” Eagles head coach Robbie Robinson said of the Thrall win. “Our defense was intense. It was ‘D’ played the way defense should be played. Everyone contributed to tonight’s win and overall our shooting was great as well.”

Milano will hit the road for their next three district games. The Eagles will play at Bartlett on Friday, Jan. 21, at Holland on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and then at Granger on Friday, Jan. 28 to finish out the first round of loop play.

MILANO SEASON STATS Scoring—Messer 11.4, Sanders 10.4, Jentsch 10.2, Robinson 9.8, Gibbons 4.5, Sanders 4.0. Rebounds—Messer 8.8, Jents. 7.5 Assists—Robinson 6.7, Sand. 2.2 3PTS—Sanders 11, Robinson 7 Steals—Robinson 37, Sanders 35


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