CENTERVILLE — The North Zulch Bulldogs got a much-needed win Friday night despite two star players fouling out with two quarters of play remaining.
North Zulch beat Centerville, 58-55, to run their record to 4-2 in district and 13-10 overall.
“It was rough but we got the W,” said Head Coach David Graves.
Leading scorers were Hans Osth with 16 points, Tye Holder with 13, Gerhart Wiese with 11, Trey Crocker with nine and Cole Weaver with six.
“The game was full of adversity, which was good for the team,” Graves said, noting that Osth and Wiese fouled out early in the game. “That is when we found out what kind of team we are with two big men out. I thought we did well for the first time being put in that situation. This is what we needed to see how we will respond to adversity away from home to start what will be a tough road district stretch.”
Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs suffered a tough loss to Oakwood.
North Zulch started out strong, scoring 15 points in the first quarter and going into the half with a 23-16 lead. The Panthers clawed back and their 32-point fourth quarter sealed the deal.
Graves, in his first year at North Zulch, said after the game he was discouraged by the loss.
“I’m hurt and disappointed in myself that as a coach, I could not get my team to 4-1,” he said. “I’m disappointed in my team for not finishing when we are the better team. I’m also blessed and humbled by the loss because this just means we have aspects we need to work on. I am honored to have the team I have because they battle every game.”
The Bulldogs host Buckholts at 6 p.m. Friday for Senior Night.
“They have the want and the will,” Graves said of the Bulldog varsity team. “We just need to find the execution and finish, and we will be hard to beat.”