NZ B-Ball drops district opener

Posted 1/21/20

The North Zulch Bulldogs dropped their district opener 80-56 Friday at NZHS despite a 21-point surge in the final quarter. The team traveled to Burton Tuesday in an attempt to claim their first district victory of the season.

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NZ B-Ball drops district opener

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The North Zulch Bulldogs dropped their district opener 80-56 Friday at NZHS despite a 21-point surge in the final quarter. The team traveled to Burton Tuesday in an attempt to claim their first district victory of the season.

“We got down early and struggled with their pressure,” said head coach Matt Kirschner on the loss. “We committed way too many turnovers. Throughout the game we shot the ball real well, but turned it over 29 times. So we lost a lot of possessions and did not get enough chances to score.”

Emory Broussard led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points, including one three-pointer, and was followed by Stephen Harris and Tyler Kirschner with 12 apiece and Eric Medina with seven.

North Zulch allowed 49 points in the first half and were plagued by turnovers throughout. Turnovers have been among Kirschner’s main focuses in preparation for district play.

“We are going to go back and look at what we did and what is causing the turnovers,” said Kirschner. “Some of them were self-inflicted and some of them were brought on by (Normangee).”

The district opener was the team’s first matchup since their non-league finale against Douglass on Jan. 7.

After their road matchup in Burton Tuesday, the Bulldogs will return to NZHS to host three straight home games against Iola, Somerville and Snook. Four out of their last five contests to conclude district play will take place on the road.

Kirschner’s team will try to bounce back from the 24-point loss in Normangee and find a rhythm with a number of home games upcoming on the schedule.

“You have to learn from it but you also have to forget about it,” said Kirschner on the Normangee loss. “What happened Friday night cannot be changed and it will not impact Tuesday’s game. We have to learn from it and move on. We came in early Monday and talked a little about Friday, but mainly worked on Burton.”

The team will host Iola at NZHS on Friday. The varsity matchup is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.

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