No. 6 Eagles push season winning streak to 20 games

Milano jumps off second half of district with win

Toby Sanders put up 12 points in the Eagles’ win over Thrall. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Toby Sanders put up 12 points in the Eagles’ win over Thrall. Reporter/Holly Jentsch The No. 6 Milano Eagles began the second round of District 27A play on the road Tuesday night at Thrall with a 53-34 victory.

The Eagles’ (24-1, 6-0) winning streak is now at 20.

The Tigers kept pace w ith Milano, down just 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles stretched their lead to 23-16 by halftime.

“Tonight was a great district win on the road. That gym in Thrall is tough to play in, but the guys responded well,” Eagles head coach Robbie Robinson said.

“Their 6-8 kid posed problems in the paint, however we continued to shoot inside and draw fouls on him. I thought we played an intelligent game and kept our composure extremely well.”

Dominique Messer led Milano with 16 points and 19 rebounds. He was joined in double figures by John Jentsch and Toby Sanders with 12 points each and Jacob Willingham with 10. Jordan Melton also added three.

“The second half of district play will be even more rigorous than the first and the guys are poised to defend the district championship,” Robinson said.

Milano faced Granger at Geneva Paceley Gym on Friday night, coming out on top 53-30 despite not having their best performance.

“ We played a bit slug g ish against a very physical Granger team, but managed to still win convincingly,” Robinson said. “Our focus continues to be one game at a time, knowing that each time we take the floor that our opponent is going to give their best effort.”

John Jentsch led the team with 14 points, 11 rebounds four blocks. Messer had 10 points, 12 boards, six steals and three blocks.

The Eagles will play their final home game of the regular season on Friday as they host Georgetown Gateway.

Milano then hits the road on three different dates to close out the rest of the district schedule.

The team is at Bartlett on Feb. 7, Holland Feb. 10 and Granger Feb. 14.

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