Cards hope win carries into season’s final stretch
After a series of close games, the Eudora boys basketball team got back to doing what it does best and didn't look back.
The Cardinals barreled through Prairie View Friday, winning easily, 69-32. Coach Kyle Deterding said the Prairie View game was the picture perfect example of how strong a team Eudora is when it plays a game at a consistent energy level.
"In that game, we got up early," Deterding said. "We played hard the whole 32 minutes. We just have to keep working on that so we have more games like this one."
Deterding said when the Cardinals play at an elevated intensity level throughout the whole game, things just seem to fall in place.
Most noticeable in the Prairie View game was the shooting accuracy.
"We just shot the ball really well in the first half," Deterding said. "When you shoot the ball well then things tend to get better. When the kids feel good, their energy level goes up -- our energy was very good."
Junior Kelson Boyer again was at his best, racking up 23 points. Deterding said Boyer gave the team a huge jump start. Senior Mike Ortega also did his part, bringing in 10 points. Junior Matthew Abel kept the team moving with his contribution of nine points.
Defensively, Deterding said the Cardinals, like any team, could improve. However, they are figuring out their roles and are working together more effectively. Deterding said the team was communicating much better, which resulted in more defensive rebounds.
But where the team has really grown is in its offensive play. Deterding said the Cardinals were making much more sound shooting decisions.
"We're starting to make better decisions," Deterding said. "When we get good shots, we're alright as long as we take care of the ball. Matt (Abel) has been helping with those good decisions for us. He had 14 assists in the past two games -- that's pretty good."
With only three games left before the sub-state tournament, Deterding said he expected his team to improve after every game if it wanted to make a run at the state tournament.
Deterding said the Cardinals were still developing and could learn from their upcoming competition.
"I'm pleased with how we've played the last month," Deterding said. "Our efforts have been pretty good. Hopefully we're getting better every month. Hopefully that continues, and we can give it a go come sub-state week."
And with so much to potentially look forward to, Deterding said this was his favorite time of the season.
"I'm looking forward to everything at the end of the year," Deterding said. "It's exciting if we keep going where we've been heading lately."
The Cardinals played a rescheduled game against Paola Wednesday because of wintry weather, but the scores were unavailable as of press time. They are scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Friday in Osawatomie and then again at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Eudora High School against Louisburg.