Eudora wilts down stretch
The fourth quarter of last Friday night's 69-59 loss to Bishop Ward was not a friendly eight minutes for the Eudora boys basketball team.
"It wasn't very good," said John Powers, who had 11 points. "The game was not even close to how we can really play. I guess it was a lack of mental toughness."
The Cardinals lost a seven-point lead heading into the closing minutes and had to settle for sixth place in the Gardner-Edgerton tournament.
The Cardinals, despite some problems executing, built the lead to seven, 51-44. But that was when the Cyclones made their move.
A 3-pointer by Anthony Berry for the Cyclones was the turning point. It sparked Ward to an 11-point run over the next minute. Not only did the Cyclones grab the lead, they took whatever momentum the Cardinals had been clinging to.
"They went on a run while we had a snafu, mental lapse on the court," said Wes Hinman, who led Eudora with 12 rebounds. "I thought the press hurt us," Hinman said. "They played pretty tenacious defense. We turned over the ball a lot, which was like shooting ourselves in the foot."
That Eudora was even in the contest is amazing when you consider the Cardinals committed 30 turnovers.
"We've got to eliminate our turnovers especially against pressure," said coach Chad Eshbaugh said. "We didn't handle their pressure very well in the full court."
The Cardinals didn't do themselves any favors from the free-throw line, either. They hit on just 10 of 24 and missed the front end of a few key one-and-ones in the fourth period. Meanwhile, Ward was 10 of 11 from
the line in the fourth quarter and 22 of 26 for the game.
"It was pitiful," Hinman said. "We definitely need to work on our free throws."
Zac Tyler and Lear Bowling had 12 points each to lead the Cardinals.