It wasn’t how they wanted to finish the season – winning would’ve been much more preferable – but the Kilgore High School boys basketball team is about to join the school’s girls in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A playoffs.
The Bulldogs lost their final regular season game Tuesday night at home, a 51-49 loss to a Henderson team that Kilgore had beaten earlier this year.
But the season starts anew, for the most part, early next week, as the playoffs begin for coach Jeff Coleman and company.
Kilgore (17-10) finished the regular season second in District 16-4A (to Spring Hill). The Bulldogs will play North Lamar at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at Emory Rains. It’ll be Coleman’s return to the playoff sidelines for the Bulldogs – the Oklahoma coach led Kilgore from a 29-year playoff drought to the regional tournament at Texas A&M-Commerce in spring 2014, left and coached at Tyler Lee and Gladewater, then returned to KHS for a second stint coaching the Bulldogs.
In the loss to Henderson, Kilgore got 12 points from Deiontrae Wheat and 10 from Jeremiah Hoskins. Seth Thomas added seven and Nesba Brown, six. Sam Kosel and Colby Powe each had five and Rowdy Rieke and Brayden Woodard each had two.
The Bulldogs have won six of their last eight games.