NZ B-Ball splits in Brenham

Posted 12/17/19

The North Zulch Bulldogs men’s basketball team split four matchups at a tournament in Bremond over the weekend with victories over Bremond and St. Joseph’s and losses to Groesbeck and Calvert.

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NZ B-Ball splits in Brenham

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The North Zulch Bulldogs men’s basketball team split four matchups at a tournament in Bremond over the weekend with victories over Bremond and St. Joseph’s and losses to Groesbeck and Calvert.

“I thought we played really well overall,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “We are starting to execute a lot of different things, both offensively and defensively. They are starting to execute play calls and really play well as a team.”

The Bulldogs began the action with a 51-29 victory over Bremond, the tournament’s host. They used an 18-point third quarter performance to propel their way to the comfortable win.

Emory Broussard led the team with 17 points in the win and was followed by Carson Radde with 11. Stephen Harris and Tyler Kirschner added eight and seven points for the Bulldogs, respectively.

North Zulch lost their second game of the tournament to Groesbeck by a score of 60-56. They built an advantage in the first half but scored just two total points in the third quarter.

“Nothing was going right and we could not score,” said Kirschner on the third quarter. “I feel we should have won, but we just fell apart.”

Groesbeck stormed back with 27 points in the final quarter to edge out the Bulldogs. Kaleb Douga led the team in scoring with 24 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter alone. Harris added 14 points while Kirschner posted 11.

They dropped their third game to Calvert by a score of 46-25 after posting just nine points in the first half. Kirschner led the team with seven points.

The Bulldogs bounced back with a 51-43 victory over St. Joe’s, who they also defeated in a separate matchup before the tournament on Dec. 10.

“When you play a team twice in three days you get a little worried about it,” said Kirschner. “They played us differently and the game was a bit closer, but to me it was never in doubt. We led from start to finish.”

Both teams turned it on offensively in the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs posting 24 points in the final eight minutes and St. Joe’s posting 20. Radde led the team with 20 points and was followed by Kirschner with 12 and Harris with nine.

North Zulch is scheduled to compete in two more tournaments before district play begins on Jan. 17.

“We need all the games we can get,” said Kirschner. “It does put a lot of pressure on us because we only have eight guys. We do not have the depth to keep it full-tilt and running all of the time. That is allowing us to really work on our backcourt defense and half court offense. The guys get tired because they play hard.”

Kirschner’s biggest concern moving forward remains turnovers. The team is down on their turnover average from a season ago, but still commit 20 per game.

The Bulldogs hosted Leon on Tuesday and will take on Cross Roads on Friday. They are scheduled to compete in a tournament at Richards Dec. 27-28.

In the Dec. 11 publication of the Madisonville Meteor, we stated that North Zulch basketball player Kaleb Douga recorded 34 points in a Dec. 6 matchup against Latexo. However, it was Emory Broussard who scored 34 points. The Meteor strives to be wholly accurate in all endeavors and apologizes for any confusion.

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