NZ B-Ball starts season with win

Posted 11/19/19

The North Zulch basketball team defeated Milano in a road contest Friday by a score of 65-40 in their first matchup of the season. The Bulldogs finished 2-6 in district play last year and will look to turn the page with just eight players on their varsity roster.

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NZ B-Ball starts season with win

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The North Zulch basketball team defeated Milano in a road contest Friday by a score of 65-40 in their first matchup of the season. The Bulldogs finished 2-6 in district play last year and will look to turn the page with just eight players on their varsity roster.

“It is always a slow process when a new coach comes in and there is a lot of learning to go with that,” said head coach Matt Kirschner, who is in his second year at the helm. “It is also getting the kids to truly buy in to everything.”

Kirschner does not talk about points per game, but had a discussion with his players about boosting the rest of their stats to raise the team to a new level this year.

“As a team, we want to shoot over 70 percent from the free throw line, over 30 percent from three and over 45 percent from two point distance,” said Kirschner. “We also need to cut our turnovers down. We averaged about 28 turnovers a game last season, we would like to get that under 20.”

If the opener against Milano was any sign of things to come, North Zulch is on the right track. The Bulldogs shot 80 percent from the line, 35 percent from three and recorded 25 assists in the 25-point victory.

“We are playing really good team ball right now,” said Kirschner.

The Bulldogs are returning players Kaleb Douga, Emory Broussard, Carson Radde and Tyler Kirschner. Their roster also includes Stephen Harris, Eddy Medina, Ali Sunny, Blake Housley and Haseeb Sattar.

“Everyone contributed against Milano,” said Kirschner. “We had seven out of eight guys hit a three-pointer and the one that did not never shot one. Everyone has their roles and they change each night. We are still learning how to play transition basketball under control.”

North Zulch will open their district slate at home against Normangee on Jan. 17. They will also compete against Burton, Iola, Somerville and Snook in district.

“It is not about wins and losses, it is about getting to the playoffs,” said Kirschner. “I would love to finish first in district, but I would take a fourth place finish if it gets us into the playoffs. Magical things can happen in the playoffs. The ball bounces funny and the teams that are still hungry in February have an advantage.”

The Bulldogs battled Mumford on the road on Tuesday and will return home Saturday for a homecoming matchup against Aggieland.

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