Bulldogs earn fifth at home tourney

Posted 12/10/19

The North Zulch men’s basketball team finished with a record of 3-2 as hosts of a tournament at NZISD over the weekend with two wins over New Waverly (junior varsity) and another over Latexo with losses to Richards and Centerville. The second victory over New Waverly came in the fifth place game on Saturday.

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Bulldogs earn fifth at home tourney

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The North Zulch men’s basketball team finished with a record of 3-2 as hosts of a tournament at NZISD over the weekend with two wins over New Waverly (junior varsity) and another over Latexo with losses to Richards and Centerville. The second victory over New Waverly came in the fifth place game on Saturday.

“You get to see a lot of different styles of play,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “Early in the year, you want to see where you are at. We are trying to promote moving the ball, but also using an extra pass to find the open shooter. Our assists are way up this year and that is teaching them to be unselfish.”

The Bulldogs dropped their first contest of the tournament with a 65-58 loss to Richards. Stephen Harris led the way in scoring for the Bulldogs with 17 points and was followed by Kaleb Douga with 10 and Emory Broussard with eight.

North Zulch posted 37 points in the first half against Richards and just 21 in the second half during the seven-point loss.

In their first matchup against New Waverly JV, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-point lead at the halftime break and never looked back. They went on to win the game by a score of 72-46. Tyler Kirschner led North Zulch with 17 points in the win and was closely followed by Harris and Broussard, who each scored 16 apiece. Douga also added 13 in the blowout victory.

“In almost every game, we had a different leading scorer,” said Kirschner. “This is something I like to see because if you scout us, you do not know who our leading scorer will be. It also gives us confidence that every night could be their night.”

Centerville, who went on to win the tournament, defeated the Bulldogs 51-38 in their third game of the tournament. Douga led the way with 14 points, but North Zulch struggled to score throughout the contest and posted just three total points in the third quarter of the loss.

“We struggled getting anything out of transition, meaning we had to execute in the half court,” said Kirschner. “That is something we will need to be able to do at times down the stretch.”

The Bulldogs rebounded nicely in their fourth game against Latexo with a 60-40 victory to earn a spot in the fifth place game on Saturday. The Bulldogs got off to a hot start in the win with 22 points in the opening quarter and a total of 37 in the entire first half.

Douga stole the show against Latexo by posting 34 points to lead the team by far. He was the only player in double-digits for the Bulldogs and sunk five three-pointers.

Douga’s outburst helped set up a rematch between North Zulch and New Waverly JV with the tournament’s fifth spot on the line. This time, the Bulldogs just barely held on for a 55-53 victory in their final matchup of the weekend.

Harris led the Bulldogs with 16 points in the win and was followed by Carson Radde with 13 and Douga with 11.

One of the main points of emphasis for Kirschner at the beginning of the season was turnovers. While the team has lowered their average turnovers per game total from last season, he would like to see them force more of them from their opponents.

“We have had very few travels and double dribbles, but we are just not always making the right pass,” said Kirschner. “We are about to play five more games this week, so we have a lot of chances early in the year to keep working on this stuff.”

North Zulch battled St. Joe’s in Bryan on Tuesday and will compete in a tournament at Bremond from Thursday through Saturday.

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