No. 13 Milano rebounds

Eagles recover from loss to rival Mumford

Jordan Millar turned in his best-scoring game of the year with 22 points against Iola. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Jordan Millar turned in his best-scoring game of the year with 22 points against Iola. Reporter/Bill Martin SNOOK—No. 13 ranked Milano began the second round of District 25A pla on the road at Snook on Tuesday night with a convincing 61-36 victory.

When the two teams met earlier in the year, the Eagles (18-5, 5-1) sneaked out a 59-51 win over the Blue Jays.

Snook charged out to a 10-3 lead early in the first quarter, but Milano finally started firing on all cylinders.

The Eagles went on a 21-6 run that started at 3:33 left in the first quarter to 2:26 left in the second. Milano had a 34-17 lead by halftime.

Dominique Messer led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, followed by David Jentsch with 18 points and Jordan Millar with 15.

Eagles head coach Brad Jones said the main difference between Tuesday night and the first time these two teams met was Milano’s defense.

“We did a lot better on the boards and put more importance on defense,” Jones said after the game. “If we play like we did tonight we will win a lot of ball games.”

After the first round of league play, Mumford sits on top undefeated, followed by Milano and the Blue Jays.

On Friday night, Milano had no problem with Iola, posting a 75-41 road win over the Bulldogs.

Millar had a stand out night for the Eagles, leading all scorers with 22 points.

Messer posted his 11th double double of the season with 15 points and 11 boards.

David Jentsch and Jacob Willingham added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

“I thought we came out kind of slow,” Jones said. “We couldn’t get any shots to fall.”

Neither team scored until Iola hit a basket with 5:50 left in the first. It was the only lead the Bulldogs would see the rest of the game.

“Halfway through the first quarter we were tied 4-4. But we got going and were up big at half by almost 30,” Jones said. “We shot the ball well and shared the ball well. Anytime you get a win on the road it is good.”

The Eagles will host Somerville on Friday night and then travel to face Burton on Tuesday.

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