Bulldogs battle in district

Posted 1/28/20

The North Zulch men’s basketball team split two district matchups over the week with a road victory at Burton Jan. 21 and a home loss to Iola Friday. The team was 1-2 in district play entering Tuesday’s game against Somerville.

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Bulldogs battle in district

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The North Zulch men’s basketball team split two district matchups over the week with a road victory at Burton Jan. 21 and a home loss to Iola Friday. The team was 1-2 in district play entering Tuesday’s game against Somerville.

The Bulldogs scored just four points in the fourth quarter against Iola Friday and 11 total points in the entire second half. They lost 48-34. Both teams played even throughout the first half until Iola hit a three-pointer to take the lead into the break.

“The third quarter was when it really started to unravel for us,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “We just stopped making baskets. We did not play bad by any means, but we had one of our worst shooting performances of the year.”

North Zulch shot just 29 percent from the field in the loss. They were led in scoring by Tyler Kirschner with 14 points. Kaleb Douga followed with eight points while Carson Radde added six.

On Jan. 21, the Bulldogs picked up a road win at Burton by a score of 57-45 despite another slow night from the field.

“(Burton) is a tough place to play,” said Kirschner. “It’s a really small gym and there is not a lot of space. You do not typically shoot well there, and we did not, but we were good enough defensively to have an off night shooting. We made some adjustments throughout the game, which the kids really took on the fly.”

The Bulldogs have handled the press well in their last two contests after struggling against it in a loss to Normangee to open district.

North Zulch posted 20 points in the fourth quarter at Burton to pull away late. Tyler Kirschner led the team with 16 points and was followed by Emory Broussard with 15. Eric Medina and Douga added nine and eight points, respectively.

The Bulldogs had the same 1-2 record as Somerville entering their matchup Tuesday at NZHS. Iola and Normangee both lead the district at 3-0. Snook also sits tied with North Zulch and Somerville at 1-2 while Burton is 0-3.

“This is a big week for us,” said Kirschner. “We can gain a lot of ground on people and get some separation with two wins.”

The team will conclude their first round of district play against Snook at NZHS Friday at 8 p.m.

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