Boys can’t follow up with second big upset
The wake-up call went unheard.
With six minutes and 20 seconds to play in the third quarter, Eudora boys basketball coach Kyle Deterding pulled all five of his starters from the game. It didn't do much good, however, as Eudora's deficit grew and the Cardinals fell to Ottawa, 55-31.
"The third quarter was just really hard to watch," Deterding said. "Then in the fourth quarter we started to do some things, started to guard some people, but I just did a poor job. There's no reason we need to wait until the fourth quarter to start doing those things."
After collecting a last-second win over Atchison Monday night, part of the reason for the letdown Tuesday could have been the physical and psychological fatigue, but senior D.J. Fritzel said he is ready to put Tuesday night's game behind him.
"We worked really hard (against Atchison), but Ottawa is a very good team and we knew they were one of the better teams in our league," Fritzel said. "We just have to go to practice, work on it, and come out Friday and play like we have the ability to play."
Eudora struggled on the offensive end Tuesday night, to say the least. No player reached double figures, and sophomore Brian Katzfey led the team with six points.
Ottawa wasted little time in staking itself to a double-digit lead, holding the Cardinals to two points in the first quarter while scoring 12 on its end.
One problem for Eudora was senior Dylan Rust's foul troubles. Rust, the second-leading scorer on the team, picked up his third foul with six minutes and 11 seconds left in the second quarter.
"That hurt us, he didn't get to play very much," Deterding said. "He picked up some silly fouls, but that's the way they go sometimes, and he's got to learn to play with some fouls."
The Cardinals trailed 42-20 after the third quarter, and that deficit would grow in the fourth. To their credit, though, the Cardinals didn't quit. Fritzel and Carlson, at different points in the fourth quarter, dove on the floor chasing loose balls, even though the game was well out of reach.
Against Atchison Monday, the teams went back and forth, swapping lead changes until a Rust layup with 1.5 seconds left put the game away for the Cardinals, 48-46. Rust led the way in scoring, with 24.
Next up for Eudora is its regular season finale, a 7:30 p.m. game Friday against Spring Hill at home. Friday is "Senior Night" for Eudora's basketball players. Sub-state starts Monday at Basehor-Linwood.
"I'm hoping it doesn't take much to get them up after this performance," Deterding said. "I'm hoping practice is one intense sucker, and we're ready to go. I know I will be."