North Dallas showed Tuesday night it will be a force to reckon with this season in District 11-5A .
The Bulldogs (0-2 in 11-5A) led Newman Smith by 10 points in the first half before falling 62-54 at Cobb Field House.
ND basketball coach Brett Cole said before the game that Carrollton Creekview (2-0 in 11-5A) and Newman Smith (1-0 in 11-5A) are the top contenders in 11-5A. Anybody else?
“I would say us,” said Cole, in his second year as head coach. He said Kobe Wrice and Darius Watts are two big reasons for North Dallas to contend this season.
The Bulldogs gave Newman Smith all it could handle. Wrice scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half. His one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Paul Gandara gave North Dallas a 33-23 lead with 3:10 left in the second quarter. ND led 35-31 at halftime.
Watts finished the game with 15 points and Gandara scored eight points.
Newman Smith rallied in the second half to take a 47-45 lead entering the fourth quarter.
A pair of Geo Manning free throws gave ND its last lead at 52-51 with 3:04 left. Newman Smith then scored, was fouled and then scored off the missed free throw for a 55-52 lead. Newman Smith slowed the game down, and scored its last seven points from the free-throw line.