NZ B-Ball wins Richards tourney

Posted 12/31/19

The North Zulch men’s basketball team took three-out-of-four contests to win the Richards Tournament over the weekend with victories over Hempstead JV, Lasara and Leon and a loss to Richards.

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NZ B-Ball wins Richards tourney

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The North Zulch men’s basketball team took three-out-of-four contests to win the Richards Tournament over the weekend with victories over Hempstead JV, Lasara and Leon and a loss to Richards.

“We shot the ball extremely well, especially in the first three games,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “Different kids are stepping up at different times to score for us and it makes us very hard to scout. We do not have just one consistent leading scorer per game, it just depends on what defense we see and who gets hot.”

In a 75-41 rout of Hempstead JV, the Bulldogs were led in scoring by Emory Broussard with 26 points and Kaleb Douga with 20. Broussard hit three three-pointers. Tyler Kirschner also added 13 points.

The team did not score less than 17 points in any of the four quarters in the win and held Hempstead to single digits in the second and fourth quarters.

North Zulch was also victorious over Lasara by a score of 64-55 despite having just six players to work with. Eddy Medina connected on five three-point attempts and totaled 17 points in the win, good for second on the team. Douga led the way in scoring with 20 and Tyler Kirschner added 14.

After a slow first quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Lasara 53-38 throughout the remainder of the contest.

“We are playing extended minutes and our rotations are a little bit different,” said Kirschner. “They are starting to have an understanding of the entire offense and defense and being able to play those multiple positions.”

The team’s lone loss of the weekend came against Richards, the tournament’s host, by a score of 62-48. They managed just 33 points after the first quarter of play. Broussard led the way in scoring with 12 points off of four three-pointers and was followed by Stephen Harris with 11 and Tyler Kirschner with nine.

They would bounce back later in the evening Saturday with a 48-45 victory over Leon to clinch the tournament’s championship.

“We kept finding ourselves on the losing end of those one-possession games and we were finally able to win one,” said Kirschner. “It shows that they are learning how to win those close games, which will give us confidence.”

Douga led the team in scoring in the win over Leon with 14 points and was followed by Broussard and Harris with 11 apiece. They were able to gain separation by allowing just seven points in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs have just two standalone contests remaining in their non-district schedule against Kerens and Douglass. They are also scheduled to compete in the Centerville Classic on Jan. 11.

District play is set to begin at NZHS on Jan. 17 against Normangee.

“We need to protect the paint a little more than we have been and take a little pride on the defensive end,” said Kirschner. “Offensively, we are not getting as much transition as have in the past because we are not playing full court. We need to go back and start looking at the things we need to fine tune before district.”

The Bulldogs will travel to Kerens on Friday for a 2:15 p.m. tipoff. Their final standalone non-district matchup against Douglass will take place at NZHS on Jan. 7.

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