Multiple Teams · North Dallas falls in season opener Tuesday night


Bulldogs forward Kobe Wrice battles inside for the rebound
Bulldogs forward Kobe Wrice battles inside for the rebound
Guard Paul Gandara takes a shot.
North Dallas guard Paul Gandara takes a shot.

 

Faith Family Academy went on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter en route to a 55-50 victory over North Dallas Tuesday night in a packed ND boys gym.

The Bulldogs led 42-38 early in the fourth quarter but Faith Family hit a 3-pointer, followed by a steal for another basket and soon it was 47-42 in Faith Family’s favor. Paul Gandara’s two free throws stopped the streak and trimmed the margin to 47-44 with 3:17 left.

Kobe Wrice’s 3-pointer with 10 seconds left pulled the Bulldogs within 53-50, but Faith Family hit two free throws to seal the win.

Shooting guard Darius Watts, who averaged 10 points last season, led the Bulldogs with 28 points. He hit several 3-pointers and later found success driving to the basket. Watts scored 14 points in the first quarter as North Dallas took a 19-11 lead.

Wrice, who opened the Bulldogs scoring with a monster dunk, had 13 points.

“We competed four quarters with our role players complementing our core group, led by an outstanding performance by Darius Watts,” ND coach Brett Cole said.

The Bulldogs’ shooting went cold in the second quarter as Faith Family led 28-26 at halftime. Watts scored 9 points in the third quarter as the Bulldogs led 39-35.

North Dallas varsity plays St. Mark’s at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the boys gym.

Guard Darius Watts makes his move against Faith Family.
Guard Darius Watts makes his move against Faith Family.
Coach Brett Cole goes over instructions with the players.
Coach Brett Cole goes over instructions with the players.
Guard Paul Gandara prepares to in-bound the ball.
Guard Paul Gandara prepares to in-bound the ball.