Bulldogs miss postseason

Posted 2/18/20

The North Zulch men’s basketball team dropped a pair of district contests to Iola Feb. 11 and Somerville Friday to fall out of playoff contention. The Bulldogs concluded their season Tuesday in Snook.

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Bulldogs miss postseason

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The North Zulch men’s basketball team dropped a pair of district contests to Iola Feb. 11 and Somerville Friday to fall out of playoff contention. The Bulldogs concluded their season Tuesday in Snook.

“We had been doing a really good job of not turning the ball over, but reverted back in these two games,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “Both gyms are hard places to shoot and we did not shoot the ball particularly well. We dug ourselves a hole we could not get out of.”

The team’s 60-48 loss at Iola Feb. 11, along with a Somerville win that same night, officially eliminated North Zulch from the postseason. Stephen Harris led the team in scoring with 18 points, including four three-pointers, and was followed by Kaleb Douga with 13 and Emory Broussard with seven.

The team managed just 18 points in the first half, but remained close throughout thanks to a four-point effort by Iola in the second. The loss was the first of three straight road games to conclude the team’s district slate.

“We needed to win at home early in district,” said Kirschner. “When we did not win those, we knew going on the road would be particularly tough. They are all winnable games if you look at the scores.”

The Bulldogs fell on the road again Friday with a 61-45 loss at Somerville. They were able to cut the deficit to three points early in the second half before three straight Yeguas three-pointers.

Douga led the team in scoring with 17 points and was followed by Tyler Kirschner with 10.

In their season finale Tuesday, North Zulch had a chance to play the role of spoiler and lower Snook’s seeding heading into the Bi-District round.

“I am always up front with the guys and where we stand,” said Kirschner. “They still have a great attitude and come to practice wanting to work. If you look at the numbers, we have actually improved in nearly every single category this year. That tells me how far off we were after last year.”

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