Milano makes it an even dozen with Weimar win

No. 14 Eagles run winning streak to eight straight
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Toby Sanders moves in for two of his 11 points against Weimar. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Toby Sanders moves in for two of his 11 points against Weimar. Reporter/Holly Jentsch MILANO—The No. 14 Eagles basketball team took down two more opponents over the week, stretching their current winning streak to eight.

The Eagles are now 12-1 on the season.

Milano was able to squeak past Weimar on Monday night 40-35 at Geneva Paceley Gym.

Weimar was a tall team and kept the game at a slow and steady pace, which is completely opposite of the fast-paced offense that the Eagles run and are use to.

“Weimar was an incredibly tall team. A 6-7 kid, a 6-6 kid and several more in the 6-3 range,” Eagles head coach Robbie Robinson said. “They played a slower tempo than we like to play and provided us with a tremendous challenge, both with their height and their style of play.”

The Wildcats led Milano after one quarter at 10-9 and kept that slim margin at halftime 21-20.

The Eagles came out and took control of the game’s pace in the second half and opened up a 30-26 lead after the third. They fought turnovers and cold shooting in the fourth, but still managed to pull out the victory.

“ We needed to play a close game and we got one (Monday) tonight. This definitely was not our best performance, but the team did a great job of doing what needed to get done to preserve the win,” Robinson said. “We continue to work hard in practice and are committed to becoming a better basketball team.”

Milano’s 40 points on Monday night was the lowest total scored by the team so far this season.

On Friday night, the Eagles hosted and defeated No. 16 (in the small private school division) 55-28. Milano bolted out to a 14-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Messer led Milano’s ef for t with 16 points. John Jentsch and Jacob Willingham followed with 11 points each.

Jentsch also had 10 rebounds and four blocks on the night.

“ The team played well from the opening tip-off. They hustled defensively and executed equally well on the offensive end of the floor,” Robinson said. “We continue to improve with each practice and with each game.”

Milano will take a break over the Christmas holidays and will hit the court again Dec. 27-29 at the Rosebud-Lott tournament. The Eagles won this tournament in 2010. It is the last tournament for the year on Milano’s regular season schedule.

They will open things up against Moody at 1:30 Dec. 27 in the eight-team bracket tournament.


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