BUFFALO — The Bulldogs’ basketball team struggled this weekend at the Bison Christmas Shootout tournament in Buffalo with losses in five of six games.
“I think the tournament was good for us coming off the break,” said head coach David Graves. “I thought we did a lot of good things and thought the boys played well. It may not have been the outcome we wanted every game, but it was what we need to get ready for January.”
With January comes the start of District play.
“We have a tough district, and every game will be a tough one,” said Graves. “We understand as a program that it is not about the regular season record, but what we do in district.”
North Zulch split their 2 games on the first day of the tournament. The Bulldogs’ only win was against Gateway College Preparatory School (3A) with a 53-46 victory. Michael Harris, No. 12, and Cole Weaver, No. 15, tied for lead scorer with 14 points.
North Zulch fell to Christian Home School Ministries, 67-49. Gerhart Weise was the leading scorer with 25 points.
The Bulldogs lost both of their games on the second day against Lovelady (2A), 88-67, and Newton High school (3A), 82-40. Weise was the leading scorer for both games with 27 and 12 points respectively.
North Zulch gave a lot of fouls to Lovelady. Harris fouled out halfway through the third quarter.
The third day was not any better for the Bulldogs with two more losses to Caldwell (4A), 58-49, and Gateway Prep, 64-37.
For the second game against Gateway, Graves played the bench to give the starters a rest and the younger players experience.
The Bulldogs have two more games to sharpen up their skills before they start district play in Burton on Jan. 12. The next home game is on Jan. 9 against Centerville.