Boys prepping to square off against Bulldogs on the court
Eudora junior point guard Tyler Cleveland will miss Friday's game against Anderson County and, depending on his doctor's visit Thursday, possibly more games.
Eudora coach Scott Stein said seniors Tyler Jackson, David Grote and Kaleb Niedens will be responsible for getting the ball down the floor. Stein said the Cards have improved their offense execution despite the absence of Cleveland.
"I just feel like we've had a lot more time to work specifically on offense," Stein said. "I think the offense is looking better. You can probably plan on the same people being involved."
Anderson County basketball coach Josh Adams said his Bulldogs believed they could go from worst to first in the Frontier League this season.
"We'd like to compete for the league championship," the fourth-year coach said. "We think we're ready, and that's what our goal is."
The Bulldogs took their share of lumps during a 1-20 season in 2001-02. The team started three sophomores, point guard David Cox, Kevin Welvin, Eric Hermreck, and junior Clayton Slipke. The group won its only game against league-rival Prairie View.
Now, all four starters are back on the team, along with senior Joe Sample, the Bulldogs three-year starter at quarterback.
"I think we can compete," Adams said. "Last year, we started three sophomores, and that's tough to do in the Frontier League. With that experience it's really going to help. We like to push the ball offensively and play full court defensively."
The Bulldogs (3-3) defeated a Prairie View by 30 points in the season-opener that visited Eudora and came away with a 60-53 come-from-behind victory. Anderson County also owns victories over class 3A Erie and Baldwin. They've lost close games to class 4A power Iola (four points) Parsons (10), and Girard (two points).
The Bulldogs were short-handed in two of the losses.
"Kevin Welvin and Clayton Slipke, two of our top three scorers, didn't play in the Girard or Iola game," Adams said. "They were pretty banged up in the Iola tournament."
Adams scouted the Cardinals in their 60-53 loss against Prairie View Dec. 18.
"They looked pretty athletic and pretty strong," Adams said.
Stein said the Bulldogs made huge strides since Eudora's 30-point victory over Anderson County last January. With the Cardinals idle, Stein said he planned to attend the Bulldogs rematch against Iola Tuesday.