The North Zulch Bulldogs won their district playoff game in thrilling fashion against their Highway 39 rival, the Normangee Panthers, by a score of 46-45 in Buffalo on Friday.
"I was very proud of the players and coaching staff for how we approached this game. We have a solid group of seniors that want to compete and younger players who are buying into that mindset," said Bulldogs Head Coach David Graves after the victory.
The Panthers started off the elimination game with good shooting, and they had the lead for the whole first quarter. The Bulldogs remained loyal to the game plan of Graves and chipped away at the lead with good defense and efficient offense.
The North Zulch boys took back the lead and held it until the final 15 seconds of the game. Normangee took a one-point lead with 15 seconds, but the bulldogs had one last chance to keep their season alive.
Gerhart Wiese, who has showcased a tremendous season for the Bulldogs, took the inbound and drew a foul. Wiese made both free throws to regain a one-point lead with just 3 seconds left on the clock. The bulldogs held the lead and walked away with the 46-45 victory.
Wiese was North Zulch's leading scorer for the night with 15 points. Michael Harris was right behind him with 13 points of his own.
Coach Graves sees this as a team win with all of his individuals doping their part and playing hard for 32 minutes.
"I can't say enough about how disciplined and locked in the boys have been in game play, and our seniors are leading this team like they should," said Graves. "This is a special group and will do special things this year."
North Zulch attempted to keep their season alive for another game once again last night in the second round of the playoffs. The Bulldogs traveled to Hearne High School to face the Holland Hornets.