The North Zulch Bulldogs boys basketball team started district play with a bang and took down the Burton Panthers on the road by 10 points on Friday.
The Panthers were able to keep up with the Bulldogs in the first quarter, but soon fell behind North Zulch. The Bulldogs defended their lead throughout the game, even when Burton tried to make a fourth quarter rally, scoring 20 points.
Head coach David Graves was excited for the win, but was not surprised, saying, “I think our boys, from start to finish, were locked in and really stuck to the game plan that we wanted to execute that made Burton do what we wanted down the stretch.”
Gerhart Wiese was North Zulch’s leading scorer with 30 points. He made two shots from beyond the three-point line. The panthers gave him 10 free-throw attempts, and he made 8 of them.
The Bulldogs were on point from behind the foul line. As a team, they made 15 out of 21 free throws. Graves was ecstatic with their free throw performance, saying, “I was extremely happy with our free throw shooting. That was a big emphasis for us this whole two weeks preparing for the district opener.”
Coach Graves knows that this win is just the beginning, but is excited for the season and his group of seniors, saying, “I think this is a good start to a long district road. We just have to understand and maintain it every day we step on the floor. This is a solid group of seniors that really pays attention to details.”
The Bulldogs next home game is against District opponent Snook this Friday in North Zulch.