The North Zulch Bulldogs competed in a holiday tournament in Latexo over the weekend and finished with a record of 2-3 with wins over Spurger and Latexo and losses to Zavala, Timpson and Slocum.
“We were competitive in all of our games and had a chance to win more,” said North Zulch basketball Coach Matt Kirschner. “This was a good stretch of games for us to play. We are really starting to play at a higher level, which is good going into district. We play better when we play under control and limit our turnovers. We are starting to shoot the ball better from the floor, as well.”
In their first matchup against Spurger, the Bulldogs held the Pirates to just eight points in the third quarter to come away with a 48-32 win. Kaleb Douga led the way for North Zulch with 13 points.
Against Zavala, the Bulldogs scored 21 points in the final quarter, but their comeback attempt fell short in a 60-50 loss. North Zulch was unable to overcome big first and third quarters from Zavala. Peyton Wolfe led the offensive attack with 12 total points.
Against Timpson, the Bulldogs surrendered 20 points in the final quarter and fell by a score of 52-42. Wolfe was responsible for most of the offensive production once more and led the way with 18 points.
The Bulldogs used a 17-point third quarter to fight their way back into a matchup with Slocum despite a slow first half. They could not, however, repeat the same success in the final quarter and fell to Slocum by a score of 58-51. Wolfe recorded 14 points to lead the team in scoring again.
In their final matchup of the tournament, North Zulch bounced back with a victory over Latexo, the hosts of the tournament. The Bulldogs were able to survive a slow second quarter that saw just four points to come away with a 53-47 win, thanks in large part to a 22-point first. Douga led the team in scoring with 17 points.
North Zulch will now have another long break before they begin district play in Normangee on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. Their first home district matchup will take place at NZHS against Burton on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.