Eagles waiting on opponent
The Eagles improved their overall record to 28-1 and finish 10-0 in league play and will now gear up for another post-season appearance.
Milano was ousted last season in the regional quarterfinals round to Evadale, a team which went all the way to the state tournament in Austin.
Milano shooters came out hot against Granger, but calmed down before the half. The Eagles led 19- 6 after the first quarter, remaining up 24-13 at the break.
“We came out with ‘both barrels blazing’, but cooled off very quickly. We played incredibly hard and took good shots. The shots just did not fall for us,” Eagles head coach Robbie Robinson said of the team’s play at Granger. “We will re-group and prep for the playoffs. This is a great group of young men and they will continue to work in practice to get ready for the post-season.”
Jumping jack Dominique Messer led all scorers with 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Jordan Melton scored 10 for the Eagles.
Preston Jimenez led Granger with 17.
The Eagles cer tainly got a test for the perfect loop mark, squeezing out a 43-41 road win at Holland (14-14, 5-4) on Friday night.
Milano was down 30-37 going into the final quarter before the team battled back.
“What an intense district basketball game,” Robinson said. “ We shot the ball poorly, but played great defense in the second half to pull this one out.
“ We have not played from behind much this season and to see the guys pull together in an urgent situation was a definite positive. This is the kind of game the Eagles needed in preparation for post-season play and hopefully will serve as a ‘wake up’ call for the entire team.”
Milano dug deep with about four and a half minutes left in the game and managed the come back.
“We cut the lead to five on a dunk by Dominique ( Messer) and had several big stops. Jacob (Willingham) hit a big three and two free throws late in the game and Toby (Sanders) hit a jumper that was also big,” Robinson said. The five points by Willingham was his only of the game.
Messer scored 14 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocks for Milano. He also scored a lay up with 3.5 seconds left in the game to lift the Eagles to the win.
Milano will travel to face Lexington on Friday in a warm up game. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
The Eagles will start their run in the playoffs some time later next week, facing the winner of the bi- district game between West Hardin and Burton, at a site to be determined.