The Milan Indians accomplished something Thursday they haven’t been able to get done in the last 21 years, and that’s defeat the Batesville Bulldogs on their home court.
A Carter Wade 3-point play, off a Peyton Wert assist, put the visitors up 57-54 early in the fourth quarter. Carsyn Ascherman’s third breakaway dunk of the game preceded another Wade score to later make it 63-56. The Bulldogs were forced to put the Tribe at the line the rest of the way; Milan sank 10 of 14 for a 73-63 victory.
Batesville had the upper hand early, but Wade’s basket late in the first quarter produced the first of 10 ties in the contest, to go with 9 lead changes. Adam Norman and BHS’ Charlie Dice exchanged threes for a 16-all tie after one complete.
Sam Voegele and Lleyton Ratcliffe answered respective baskets from Kaleb Rinear and Ascherman to start the second frame. Norman regained the lead for MHS but Voegele scored on back-to-back trips to help the Dogs to a 27-26 halftime lead.
A Dice putback opened the second half, but Matthew Riehle tied it with a three before an Ascherman slam. Voegele’s next two hoops produced two more ties, prior to RJ Powell putting the hosts ahead off a steal.
Milan went on an 8-0 run, sparked by Ascherman’s 3-point play and steal/slam, as well as Rinear’s triple. BHS scored 14 of the next 19 points (7 by Voegele) to lead 49-46 at the end of three.
Voegele led all scorers with 23, with Colt Meyer tossing in 15 and Powell 12. Dice added 9 and Ratcliffe 4.
Norman led MHS with 15, followed by Ascherman’s 14, Wade’s 13, 9 each by Rinear and Wert, Riehle’s 8 and Josh Clark’s 5.
A big second quarter propelled Batesville’s JV to a 56-49 win. Scoring was even in the other three frames.
Bulldog scorers were Calvin Sherwood 17, Cole Werner 16, Alex Siefert 11, Eli Pierson 8, Brady Westerfeld 3 and Alec Bunselmeier 1.
Batesville (1-5) next plays at Whiteland Jan. 4.
AT EAST CENTRAL (Dec. 21)
Playing the nightcap of a girl-boy doubleheader at rival East Central, it looked at first as if Batesville would be run out of the gym.
The Trojans came out smoking to the tune of a 15-0 start. The Bulldogs recuperated after a timeout and eventually regained the lead at 18-17. By halftime, the hosts had surged ahead 32-26.
After three full quarters, the Trojans led 50-46 after Meyer hit a shot at the buzzer. Batesville couldn’t quite close the gap and lost 73-60, a fifth straight loss for the Bulldogs.
Meyer led all scorers with 24 and Ratcliffe put in 14. Powell had 8 and Voegele 5. Trevor Becker and AJ Messmore had 22 and 21 points for EC, respectively. Logan Rohrbacher added 15 and Luke Collinsworth 10.