Kobe Wrice gave it his best shot against Woodrow Wilson. The North Dallas forward tried to carry the Bulldogs to victory, but Woodrow had the upper hand in a 70-47 loss Friday night at Cobb Field House.
Playing in front of a good home crowd, North Dallas (7-11, 3-4 in District 11-5A) kept battling back as it tried to match up with Woodrow (9-8, 6-0 in district).
“Kobe injured his hand on a dunk in practice and I wanted to see how he looked early in the game,” ND Coach Brett Cole said. “After a few shots didn’t take his bounce, we moved him into another offensive role.”
Woodrow pulled away late in the second quarter to take a 27-17 halftime lead. In the third quarter, North Dallas shooting guard Darius Watt hit a 3-pointer to pull ND within 11 at 33-22, but Woodrow followed with three quick baskets and a 39-22 lead.
Wrice’s frustration led to a technical with 2:12 left in the third quarter but his monstrous dunk closed the gap to 57-41 early in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs pulled within 57-44 after two Edwin White free throws with four minutes left.
Wrice fouled out with 2:42 left and Woodrow closed the game with a 13-3 run. Paul Gandara hit a 3-pointer to close out the North Dallas scoring.
Watts led the Bulldogs with 15 points and Wrice finished with 13. White had eight points and Gandara had seven points.
North Dallas now starts the second half of district play. The Bulldogs face Carrollton Creekview at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cobb Field House.