HEBRON ESTATES - It’s a nasty bug that’s been spreading throughout the North Bullitt boys’ basketball team.
Unfortunately, no antibiotics will cure this ill.
On Friday, another case of poor shooting struck the Eagles as they fell on homecoming to Whitefield Academy 51-40.
The offensive woes started early for the Eagles, who trailed 7-1 after the first quarter.
With Tony Majors having one of his best games of the season, North Bullitt’s offense began to light up the scoreboard in the second quarter.
The point guard had five of his eight points before halftime. However, the Eagles could never get any consistent offense going.
After trailing 20-14 at intermission, Connor Fulkerson hit a three-pointer to open the third quarter for the Wildcats.
Leading scorer Charlie Freed got going in the third quarter. He led both teams with 22 points. Big center Sean McNary added 15 points, including a thunderous dunk.
North Bullitt kept the margin under 10 most of the third quarter. On the first possession of the final period, leading scorer Brandon Goeing had a three-point attempt go in and out. Nathan Kollar followed with two free throws and Freed hit a three point followed by a McNary follow and a Freed free throw to extend the lead to 45-27 with 5:41 left.
With new energy on the defensive end, North Bullitt cut into the lead. Marcel Hull scored on a layup off a steal by Key and Ryan Collins followed his own miss. Goeing hit his only trey of the night and the lead was cut to 45-38.
Whitefield responded to put the game out of reach.
“We shot 9 percent from three-point and 19 percent from the field,” said Barger. “But we’re still in the game.”
Barger said the cold shooting has become contagious. He hopes that when a couple of players start hitting the basket, that would also become contagious.
“We’re getting good shots and we’re running the offense,” said Barger. “But we’re just not able to hit the shots.”
To add to the woes, McNary clogged up the middle and had at least six blocked shots.
Barger was pleased that the team has never stopped trying.
“They deserve better,” said Barger. “They are a good group of kids.”
NORTH BULLITT 40 (1-13-13-13) Ryan Collins 10, Tony Majors 8, Ryan Key 6, Brandon Goeing 5, Cody Montgomery 4, Marcel Hull 4, Blake Hardy 3
Whitefield Academy 51 (7-13-17-14) No scoring available.
On Saturday, the offense got a big boost from Alan Crowe en route to a 62-46 over the host Evangel squad.
The visitors jumped out 19-11 in the first quarter and didn’t look back.
Hull led the Eagles with 14 points on the night, while Goeing rebounded with 13 points. Crowe reached double figures with 11 points.
NORTH BULLITT 62 (19-11-19-13) - Marcel Hull 14, Brandon Goeing 13, Alan Crowe 11, Tony Majors 5, Brandon Wilder 5, Ryan Collins 4, Blake Hardy 4, Ryan Key 2, Cody Montgomery 2, Zach King 2
EVANGEL 46 (11-8-7-20) Janes 14, Cano 13, Sellinger 12, Winstead 4, Payne 2, Galvan 1