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Hancock Owls have big shoes to fill

Hancock searches for answers after losing top scorers

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Hancock junior Daniel Milander pulls up in the paint for two early on in the non-conference game against BBE in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

HANCOCK — Hancock has finished 10 games above the .500 mark each of the last four years.

Over the last two seasons, the Owls have reached the 20-win mark.

Making it three in a row might be a difficult task considering the losses the program suffered.

Making the Tribune’s All-Area second team, leading scorer Bennett Bienhaus graduated, as has Cole Reese, Connor Reese, Colton Crowell, Peyton Rohloff and Tanner Pahl.

Crowell was the team’s leading rebounder while the Reese boys each dished at least 100 assists.

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Among the kids on the roster from a year ago, junior Preston Rohloff scored more points than any other returner. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 6.2 points per game while grabbing 99 rebounds and having a 53-19 assist-to-turnover ratio during his 27 appearances.

Elsewhere, senior guard Daniel Milander is behind Rohloff in returning scoring. Putting up 5.1 points per game, shot 39 percent from three-point territory while snatching a team-high 69 steals.

“Preston is our leading scorer coming back. He manages the game very well and is a very good leader,” head coach Cory Bedel said. “Daniel handles the ball well, plays great defense, is one of our fastest players and shot the three well last year.”

Last season, the Owls averaged 65.5 points per game and relinquished just 57. Winning nine of its last 12 games, Hancock opened the section postseason with a 66-60 victory over Brandon/Evansville before falling to Ortonville 58-39.

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