NZ cagers drop two straight

Posted 11/26/19

The North Zulch Bulldogs basketball team dropped their homecoming matchup 73-66 to Aggieland at NZHS on Saturday for their second straight loss of the young season after defeating Milano in the opener.

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NZ cagers drop two straight

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The North Zulch Bulldogs basketball team dropped their homecoming matchup 73-66 to Aggieland at NZHS on Saturday for their second straight loss of the young season after defeating Milano in the opener.

“We were sluggish,” said head coach Matt Kirschner. “This was a crazy week for us with homecoming festivities and the rhythm was all off. We missed two days of practice, so it makes it hard. We did some good things but there are things we still need to work on.”

After a strong start in front of a packed house, Aggieland held the Bulldogs to just eight points in the second quarter to build a 32-28 lead at the break. The game remained close until the fourth quarter, when Aggieland created separation and a 14-point advantage.

But the Bulldogs showed resilience after a Kirschner timeout to fight their way back into the game. Mistakes, however, would continue to plague the effort down the stretch.

“We turned the ball over way too much,” said Kirschner. “They understand what we needed to do. We cut it three, then had a couple of turnovers that let it get out of hand again. We need to eliminate those, especially during the bad times.”

North Zulch turned the ball over 27 times in the loss, including a back-breaking eight times in the fourth quarter. Aggieland committed 22 turnovers.

Sophomore Emory Broussard led the way in scoring for the Bulldogs with 18 points. He was followed by Tyler Kirschner with 15, Blake Housley with nine and Carson Radde and Erivey Medina with eight apiece.

Tyler Kirschner led the team with 10 rebounds and five forced turnovers. Broussard and Kaleb Douga both led the way in assists with four. Broussard also blocked two shots in the game.

It was the team’s second straight loss after falling to Mumford 68-28 on the road on Nov. 19.

The Bulldogs looked to get back into the win column with a road matchup against Buffalo on Tuesday.

They will return to the court on Dec. 3 with a home matchup against Bremond before hosting a tournament at NZHS Dec. 5-7.

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