Thorndale, Milano prep for state playoff party

Dawgs take on mystery opponent, Eagles battle Iola in first round


Thorndale’s Ashton Albert slices through the lane for a basket in the Bulldogs’ win over Holland. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Thorndale’s Ashton Albert slices through the lane for a basket in the Bulldogs’ win over Holland. Reporter/Teresa Ging With the regular season completed, both Thorndale and Milano are ready to mix it up in the state playoffs.

Aiming for their second consecutive trip to the state tournament, the Bulldogs take on either Normangee (10-13) or North Zulch (5-14) in bi-district.

Those two schools tied for third place in District 26-2A and playoff positions had yet to be determined by press time Wednesday.

The game will be played Feb. 21 in Giddings at 7 p.m.

Thorndale—the two-time defending district champion— placed second to No. 2 Mumford (33-2) in the District 25-2A standings, while Milano was third.

The Bulldogs (22-9) only two league defeats were to the Mustangs and chances are they will meet again somewhere down the line.

Thorndale lost to eventual state champion Canadian in the state tournament last season. One of the teams they disposed of along the way was Mumford.

“At times the past few weeks we have been playing good ball,” said Thorndale Coach John Kovar. “We are looking forward to it.

“Starting to play with more intensity. Playing better defense and we have more confidence on offense.”

Milano (13-14) will face Iola (19-10) Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at A&M Consolidated.

Iola finished second to Snook in District 26-2A and are led by 6-foot-4 Kyle Kildare.

“I think playing in a district as tough as ours is, that all of the teams rep- resenting in the playoffs seeds 1-4 are capable of competing in bi-district,” Milano Coach Justin Hales said.

After being tripped up by Mumford, the Bulldogs ended the regular season Monday with a resounding 54-31 victory over Holland, using a 23-point fourth quarter.

Ty Prince paved the way with 18 points, while Sam Reaves added 15.

In the loss to Mumford on the road Friday, the Bulldogs put on a furious 29-point fourth quarter and fell just short of the comeback.

Thorndale trailed 58-40 entering the final period.

Prince led the comeback bid with 25 points, while Reaves collected 16 and Albert 15.

Milano

The Eagles felt the wrath of Mumford in a season ending 56-21 loss Monday.

Kyle King totaled nine points and Christian Thurman eight.

Earlier, Milano whipped Thrall 63-34 as King turned in a triple-double with 21 points, 14 boards and 11 assists.

Thurman chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.

PLAYOFF PREVIEW

Thorndale (22-9) vs. North Zulch (15-14) or Normangee (10-13) at Giddings Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Giddings

Milano (13-14) vs. Iola (19-10), Feb 21. at 7 p.m. at A&M Consolidated


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