Boys again short against De Soto
For coach Kyle Deterding, things are looking up.
His players put forth a better performance Tuesday night than they did against Gardner Edgerton on Friday.
It wasn't enough for a victory - the Cardinals lost 57-48 at De Soto - but it was certainly better than the 60-40 drubbing that Gardner handed them.
"We're trying to get better. We did some good things and our effort was good," Deterding said. "Gardner on Friday left a really bad taste in our mouth. We were just really bad the whole game, so it was good to come out and compete and have a shot at the game."
The story of the night Tuesday was De Soto's shooting. They connected on six three-pointers in the first half alone, some of which were contested.
"Some of them were open but they really shot the ball well," Deterding said. "I thought we were pretty fortunate to only be down by six at half."
Sophomore Justin Ballock got going offensively in the second quarter after scoring four in the first. After a De Soto three at the five minute, 10 second mark Ballock made a layup and was fouled. He then converted the free throw and brought Eudora back to within seven, 27-20. At half Eudora trailed 32-26.
Junior Kyle Swanson helped the Cardinals further cut into the lead in the third, adding a pair of threes.
D.J. Fritzel scored on an assist from Evan Cleveland midway through the fourth to cut the gap to two points. The Cardinals never were able to take the lead, however. Close-range misses squandered several Eudora runs, the ball going in-and-out on more than one occasion.
In Friday night's game, the scoring was scarce for Eudora. Ballock led Eudora with eight points while senior Dylan Rust and junior Cody Carlson each had seven.
The losses drop Eudora's record to 8-9. The next chance to even that mark comes Monday at home against Atchison. A road game at Ottawa follows Tuesday.
"Nobody is really sulking about it," senior Morgan Abel said. "We just go in there (practice), work for our time and get ready to play."