Dawgs down Milano
MILANO—In the battle of Milam County Class A schools, Thorndale won the free throw battle and in turn the basketball game as the No. 18 Bulldogs defeated the No. 12 Milano Eagles Tuesday at Geneva Paceley Gym 50-44.
The Bulldogs improve to 5-1 on the year, while Milano falls to 6-2, suffering its second straight loss.
In a possible early state playoff matchup, Thorndale shot 58 percent from the free throw line, sinking 14 of 24 shots.
Milano shot just 34.7 percent, making just eight of 23 from the charity stripe.
“Give it to Thorndale, they outplayed us tonight. We are a work in progress,” Eagles head coach Brad Jones said after Tuesday’s game. “We just keep working at it. Right now we are working on the speed of the game.”
Thorndale jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead in the first quarter after snagging several steals with its full court press of the Eagles.
Milano fought back and by halftime had cut the lead to 20-19.
It was very close in the second half, but as time ticked away, the Eagles had to send Bulldogs to the foul line and Thorndale was able to put the ball away with the bonus shots.
Jordan Hafley led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Sam Stockton added 10.
Dominique Messer led Milano and all scorers with 25 points and 21 rebounds. Toby Sanders added nine points and six rebounds.
The Eagles are set to play in the Bryan-St. Joseph tournament this weekend and then host Weimar on Monday.