Mumford vs. Milano
MUMFORD—The incredible drama that has surrounded the Mumford-Milano basketball battles the past three years has previously left both sides mentally and physically drained.
Now that most of the cast from Milano has moved on however, Tuesday night, the dramatics were kept to a minimum.
Behind Dion Mack’s careerbest 43 points, No. 1 Mumford scooted past Milano 95-38 at Mustang Gymnasium.
Mumford—which returned four starters from last season’s state runner-up squad— improves to 26-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Milano—which lost four starters from last season—dips to 4-13 overall and 1-2 in district.
Mack single-handidly outscored the Eagles as the lightning quick senior guard connected on 16-of-21 shots from the floor, including an 8-of-11 showing from behind the threepoint arc.
Aubrie King—the reigning Class A player of the year— dropped in 15 and was 5-of-8 from behind the arc, his only shots of the night.
On the evening, the Mustangs canned 14-of-30 long range shots.
The 6-foot-5 King dropped off 11 assists and took in eight rebounds.
Mumford postman LaKendric Hyson was limited to nine points, but collected 11 boards, eight assists and four steals.
Postman David Jentsch accounted for the majority of the Milano offensive effort with 27 points.
The game was never in doubt as Mumford jumped out to a 26-6 lead after one and was up 58-11 at halftime.
The Mustangs are averaging 83 points a game.
The latest match up was definitely lower key than the two teams’ last five meetings.
The Mustangs and Eagles met up three times last season—in the regional finals and twice in district play—with Mumford winning all three.
In the 2012 regional finals the two teams met again, with the Mustangs taking down the Eagles for a trip to the state tournament.
In the 2011 playoffs, the two teams met, with Milano winning on a last second buzzer beating shot.
On Friday night, the Eagles earned their first district win this season on the road at Burton, downing the Panthers 47-36, anchored by a 22 point performance by Jentsch.
The senior scored all of Milano’s 12 points in the third quar- ter and was five of nine from the free throw line in the second half that helped secure the win. He also had six boards, six assists and two steals.
Jordan Millar added 17 points and five rebounds. D erek Walton and Travis Gage had four points each, with Gage grabbing three steals.
Makenan Hairston led the team in rebounds with 10, along with three assists.
Milano will finish up the first round of league play on Friday when they host Iola at Geneva Paceley Gym.
The Eagles will open up the second half when Snook comes to town on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs recovered from a tough loss at Bartlett with a resounding 77-41 District 26A victory over Georgetown Gateway Tuesday night at Bulldog Gymnasium.
Junior guard Jordan Hafley led the scoring charge with 27 points, followed by Bradley Betak’s 16 while Riley Schaefer and Americo Vazquez also reached double figures with 11 each.
Hafley is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer on the season at 14.3 points per game.
The Bulldogs (11-5, 3-1) built a comfortable 67-33 after three quarters.
Gateway falls to 3-21 and 0-4.
In a battle of unbeatens, the Bulldogs fell just short of knocking off No. 10 ranked Bartlett, 46-44, on the road.
Bartlett stands 22-1 on the season and 4-0 in district.
“Played good defense the entire game,” said first year Thorndale coach John Kovar. “Definitely played good enough to win. Bartlett is a real good team.”
Hafley topped the scoring list again with 14, while Schaefer added 10.
Thorndale actually led 24-19 at halftime and 30-26 after three periods.
Bartlett outscored Thorndale 20-14 in the final period to recover for the win.