Bulldogs drop matchup at Kerens

Posted 1/7/20

The North Zulch Bulldogs basketball team dropped a road contest to Kerens by a score of 43-28 Friday before hosting Douglass at NZHS Tuesday. The matchup against Douglass was the team’s final matchup before beginning their district schedule against Normangee Jan. 17.

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Bulldogs drop matchup at Kerens

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The North Zulch Bulldogs basketball team dropped a road contest to Kerens by a score of 43-28 Friday before hosting Douglass at NZHS Tuesday. The matchup against Douglass was the team’s final matchup before beginning their district schedule against Normangee Jan. 17.

“Defensively, I think we are doing just fine,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “Our defense is really starting to understand how to stop people. The biggest issues against (Kerens) was that we could not shoot the ball. We shot less than 20 percent from the field throughout the game. We got plenty of shots and kept our turnovers down, but we did not take advantage of their turnovers.”

The Bulldogs scored just five points in the opening quarter to dig themselves an early deficit and only posted a double-digit point total in one quarter of play. Emory Broussard led the way in scoring for North Zulch with eight points in the loss and was followed by Stephen Harris and Tyler Kirschner with five each and Eric Medina and Carson Radde with four each.

Harris, Medina and Broussard each converted on one three-point attempt in the game. The team scored just 18 total points outside of the third quarter.

“When you shoot that poorly, it is hard to win the game,” said Kirschner. “We had been shooting the ball really well up to that point. It was still the holiday break, we were on the road for a one o'clock start after an hour and a half on the bus. There were a lot of factors there.”

The Bulldogs have shot nearly 60 percent from two-point range throughout the season and nearly 30 percent from three.

The team is set for another long break without any games. They have 10 days off following their matchup against Douglass at NZHS Tuesday. Their first district matchup will come Jan. 17 against Normangee at home.

“We will really start to prepare ourselves for what we will see in district play,” said Kirschner on the 10-day break. “It is going to be a wide open race and it is a very balanced league from top to bottom. We will have to play our very best every game.”

The Bulldogs will host five of their first seven district matchups to open league play. Kirschner highlighted the importance of finding ways to win at NZHS since the team’s final three games of the district season will take place on the road.

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