Milligan basketball teams keep moving forward, men’s track and field begin season

Published 8:28 am Thursday, December 10, 2015

Contributed Photo/Milligan College Milligan's Kurt Brooks scored the game winning shot, during the Buffaloes 68-66 win over Montreat College. Brooks finished the contest with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of his career.

Contributed Photo/Milligan College
Milligan’s Kurt Brooks scored the game winning shot, during the Buffaloes 68-66 win over Montreat College. Brooks finished the contest with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of his career.

Saturday Dec. 5, the Milligan Buffaloes were able to move their Appalachian Athletic Conference record 4-1 with a 68-66 win over Montreat College.
The win, however, as the score indicates, did not come easy for the Buffaloes (8-3).
After Montreat’s Alonzo Mobley tied the game up at 66 with 29 seconds left to play, Milligan’s Kurt Brooks was able to find enough room in the paint to sink a bucket, giving the Buffs a 2-point edge with just six second left on the clock. As Montreat seeked to score with time running out, Milligan’s Jacob Cawood stole the ball to seal the deal.
Brooks posted 11 points and 10 rebounds to record the second double-double of his career. So far this season, Brooks has posted 180 points, giving him a career total of 850 points. He is currently averaging 16 points a game.
Brook’s teammate, Julian Bailey, led all scorers with 17 points on the night. Bailey also had a double-double Saturday night, while bringing in 11 rebounds. Bailey is currently sixth in NAIA D-II total rebounds with 11. He is also tenth in D-II rebounds per game, with an average of 10.364 rebounds per game.
With their 4-1 AAC record, the Buffs are tied with Tennessee Wesleyan for second in the conference. Union College rests at first.
Next up for the Buffaloes will be a game on Saturday, Dec. 12 at East Tennessee State University at 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball
A double-double from freshman and former Elizabethton High School Lady Cyclone, Sarah Robinson, helped the Lady Buffaloes pick up an 89-78 win over Montreat College Saturday.
Robinson had 19 points and 13 boards. Allison Jones followed Robinson up with 17 points. Jones is currently averaging 11 points a game, and has recorded 128 points this season.
The win allowed the Lady Buffs to remain perfect in the AAC with a 5-0 record, while moving their overall record to a whopping 11-1.
This week, Robinson was named AAC Player of the Week. The freshman Lady Buffalo has recorded six double-doubles, while averaging 13 points per game and maintaining a .580 field goal percentage. Currently, Robinson is seventh in NAIA D-II total rebounds with 122 boards. She is averaging roughly 10 rebounds a game.
Next up for the Lady Buffaloes will be a trip to Bluefield College on Saturday.
Women’s Golf
Nellie Berglund, a standout golfer from Sollentuna, Sweden, signed a letter of intent to attend Milligan College and play golf for the Buffaloes, on Tuesday. Milligan Head Golf Coach Tony Wallingford made the announcement.
“We are all very excited to have Nellie join us at Milligan,” commented Coach Wallingford in a release by Milligan College. “Not only is it a neat experience for Nellie to come to the states and play college golf, but it will also be a fun opportunity for our players as well. She is a delightful young lady and has shown outstanding potential.”
Track and Field
Saturday, the Milligan men’s track and field team got their 2015-16 season started at the Appalachian Open in Boone N.C.
Buffaloes Mark Stair, Tyler Mayes, and Nayran Fernandez all had top-10 finishes for Milligan.
Stair picked up a fifth place finish in the high jump with a 1.93 meter leap, while Mayes finished in ninth in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.31. Fernandez won his heat in the 55 meter dash and finished 16th overall, and also picked up a 10th-place finish in the men’s long jump with a mark of 6.42 meters.
Next up, after their first of three events in Boone, North Carolina, the Buffs return to Johnson City, Tennessee, to compete in the East Tennessee State University Invitational in what is also the first of three meets in Milligan’s hometown this season.

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