Milaca boys see three-game stretch as opportunity

Milaca’s boys basketball team lost to Little Falls 67-33 in a Granite Ridge Conference game Friday at Milaca.

For the Wolves, it wasn’t pretty. They made just 12 of 36 shots from the field (33 percent), were out-rebounded 24-18 and had 27 turnovers.

Coach Dustin Naumann knows his team can do better than that.

“We had a few good days of practice but in the game we looked like a team that hadn’t played for 13 days – which we hadn’t,” said Naumann. “We didn’t respond to their pressure defense….27 turnovers is frightening and that takes away a lot of offensive opportunities.

“Give credit to Little Falls. They were ready and executed really well. They shot very well but we allowed them a lot of open looks. We have to play better and I’m confident we will.”

The Wolves, 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the GRC, are at Zimmerman (3-6, 0-2) for a conference game tonight (Thursday), then travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted is 6-2.

Milaca is at Princeton (2-6, 1-1) Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30.

“We are looking at our next three games as opportunities to play two good conference teams and a good team that is in our section,” said Naumann. “We want to show we can play with these teams.

“We need to get back to attacking offensively and working inside and outside. We’re able to get open shots and we need to convert them into points.”

Junior guard Brian Kiel had eight points against Little Falls while sophomore forward Mike Garber had seven.

Junior guard Troy Scott led the Flyers with 19 points while senior guard Collin Eckman scored 16 points. Scott sank three three-point baskets while Eckman had 2.

Little Falls moved to a 3-0 GRC record and 6-2 overall mark.

“I was very pleased with the way our kids came out and executed,” said Little Falls Coach Kevin Jordan. “We felt we had to be focused on defense for the entire 36 minutes and I felt for the most part, we were.

“I really like our team, but we are still learning how to be successful come March!”