No. 6 Milano rings up two more wins in district play
MILANO—The No. 6 Milano Eagles (22-1, 4-0) continue to roll through District 27A play with big wins over Holland and Bartlett during the week. The team will finish up the first half of league play on Friday when they host Granger.
Milano had to do something they aren’t used to on Tuesday night, play catch up. Holland took an early 17-11 lead after the first quarter during the matchup at Geneva Paceley Gym.
“Holland came and shot the lights out in the first quarter,” Milano head coach Robbie Robinson said. “But we weathered the storm and responded well to playing behind.” The Eagles wound up winning the contest 56-37 and extending their winning streak to 18.
They found their groove and were able to make up the difference, leading 28-25 at halftime.
Milano then came out on a 17-3 run in the third and never looked back.
“It was the type of game we needed—fast paced, high energy, high intensity,” Robinson said.
Dominique Messer led all scorer with 16 points, followed by Jacob Willingham with 11. John Jentsch had 17 rebounds to go with his 10 points.
Milano’s stout defensive efforts on the court are proving hard to beat, as the Eagles rolled past Bartlett on Friday night 68-23. The visiting Bulldogs managed just eight points to Milano’s 29 in the first half of play.
“What another great defensive effort by all,” Robinson said. “Our defense set the tone which allowed us to play exceptional in the transition game.”
Jacob Willingham led all scorers with 16 and was one of four Eagles to score in double figures. Toby Sanders followed with 15, with Messer and Jentsch each adding 14.
Messer added 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Jentsch had 10 boards and four blocks. Jordan Melton also added five assists.
After the game with Granger, the Eagles will hit the road for almost their entire second round of loop play. Milano will host only Georgetown Gateway on Feb. 3 at home during the remainder of the regular season. The Eagles will travel to Thrall on Tuesday, Jan. 31.