Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Boys get past tough league foe

February 9, 2006

After the Cardinals treated the Eudora home crowd to a nail-biter on Friday, the team took its show on the road to Wellsville and once again took the game down to the wire.

Eudora outlasted the Eagles in the final seconds of the game to leave town with a 36-34 win Tuesday at Wellsville High School.

"That's a pretty good team we beat out there," Eudora coach Kyle Deterding said. "We were hoping to keep it close and we did a good job."

The Cardinals nursed a slim advantage throughout the game, beginning with a 5-for-12 first quarter, which garnered Eudora a 10-9 first-quarter lead.

From that point on, Eudora (11-4, 5-2) let its defense take over by holding the Eagles to 32 percent shooting from the field.

The Cardinals also had to deal with an Eagle line-up, which averaged 6-foot-4 inches.

"Defensively we did a good job," Deterding said. "They have a lot of size up front and our post guys did a real nice job of keeping those big guys down."

Eudora had the edge on Wellsville in rebounds 11-9 in the half, including nine defensive boards.

The Eagles' big men managed to attack the Cardinals inside and produce numerous trips to the foul line. The Eagles went 5-for-6 from the line in the second quarter and scored 14 of its 34 points from the charity stripe.

But the overall defensive effort allowed the Cardinals to carve out a 21-16 lead at halftime for a little bit of breathing room.

Offensively the Cardinals saw some second-half struggles, as they shot a mere 2-for-12 from the floor in the third quarter, but managed to keep the Eagles at bay 28-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

Wellsville started the final quarter with an intense full-court press, which produced six Cardinal turnovers in the final four minutes. Eudora had only eight up to that point.

The Eagles tied the game at 30-30 with less than three minutes to go, but senior Rodney Spillman took over for the Cardinals, scoring five of the team's last six points to help the visitors to a 36-30 lead late, which would prove too much for the Eagles.

In the win Spillman led all scorers with 13 points, while senior Guy Montgomery had seven. Junior Mike Ortega hauled in six rebounds, five on the defensive end.

The win was the Cardinals' fifth in their last seven games.

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