Tylers tie up Louisburg
Eudora's Tylers turned it up in the fourth quarter, giving the Cardinals a 59-55 road win over Louisburg Tuesday. Eudora guards, junior Tyler Cleveland and senior Tyler Jackson, scored 21 of the team's 23 points in the fourth quarter.
"When they get more aggressive we play better," Eudora coach Scott Stein said. "Tyler Cleveland hasn't had that much physical conditioning (since his injury) and this is the way I want Tyler Jackson to play."
The Cardinals (5-3) (1-2) struggled offensively for three quarters but played just well enough to keep themselves within range of the Wildcats (4-4) (3-0).
Senior Andrew Bell, nine points and five rebounds, and junior Chris Gabriel, 11 points and eight rebounds, gave Eudora an inside presence in the first half.
Senior David Grote, eight points and two assists, hit a short-range jumper, tying the game at 12 early in the second quarter. He then dished to Bell, who gave Eudora its first lead of the game and then passed to senior Kaleb Niedens, giving the Cards a 16-12 lead.
The Wildcats out-rebounded Eudora in the first half and made a shot just before the buzzer. Louisburg took a 30-25 lead into the locker room.
Niedens, eight points and three assists, hit a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter, setting the stage for Eudora's comeback. But Louisburg answered by going on a 5-1 run to end the quarter.
Stein said the team picked up some momentum and came out on the winning side of a fourth-quarter comeback.
"I think we finally tried to change the tempo a little bit," Stein said. "They went down and missed a couple of shots. Hopefully, we'll take this and build on it."
Grote tied the game at 51 off a low-post entry pass from Gabriel, and Jackson put the Cards ahead for good with a bucket off an offensive rebound. Both Jackson and Cleveland sank a pair of free throws in the final 20 seconds for Eudora. The Cards shot 8-13 from the foul line.
Gabriel's biggest play of the night occurred when he blocked Louisburg senior Brad Marks' potential game-tying layup with 23 seconds in the game.
The victory over Louisburg was classified as a non-league game. The teams will meet in a Frontier League game Jan. 31 at Eudora.
"We just can't lose any more league games if we expect to make a run at it," Stein said.
Niedens scored a career-high 32 points last Friday at Eudora High School in a 70-69 overtime loss to Anderson County, the only undefeated in the Frontier League.
Bell scored 13 points while Gabriel contributed eight for the Cards. Cleveland and Grote chipped in four each, while Jackson and Brouhard had five and three points, respectively.
Stein said the Bulldogs have matured a lot since their 1-20 campaign last season.
"They make good decisions and they're able to finish," Stein said. "Kids can change so much in a year's time."
The Cards host Spring Hill Friday night in a non-league contest. Eudora defeated Spring Hill 57-45 in the second round of the Gardner-Edgerton Tournament.
"We need to play better Friday night or Spring Hill will flat get after us," Stein said.
Eudora plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Pleasant Ridge in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament.