WINNIE — For a coach with a senior son on his basketball team, every moment is precious. Now consider Brian English’s predicament – he sees all eight of his Nederland Bulldogs seniors as his “kids.”
After a precarious first half of play in the Class 4A bidistrict round Tuesday night, the Bulldogs went to the free throw line with deadly accuracy and Brian’s kids pulled out a 59-51 win over Humble High School at East Chambers Buccaneers Stadium.
“We have to win every game from here on out or it’s the last game … not just for Zach (English) but for all of our seniors. It’s hard to think about,” Coach English said. “They didn’t want this to be the last one and they worked together as a team to make sure that we came away from here with a win.”
Early on, it appeared that Humble might orchestrate an upset of the Bulldogs as the Wildcats played a bit of keep-away for an 8-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter. It’s not like the Bulldogs not to light up the scoreboard eventually, though, and they did so with the start of the second quarter, going on a 9-2 run for a 16-10 lead with six minutes left in the first half.
Between English and junior forward Colton Weisbrod, the Bulldogs maintained that six-point advantage heading into the half, 21-15. Weisbrod ended the game with eight points.
“It was an offensive struggle both ways,” Coach English said. “We made some mistakes early, forced some shots and we had some difficulty getting out front on them.”
Humble, which ends its season at 28-9, came out of the break on a dead run, led by senior Trayvond Collins.
“We had to hold (Collins) and we knew that coming into this game,” English said. “We did a great job of that in the first half. But he got hot in the second half.”