The seventh-grade varsity boys basketball team opened the season with a two-game tournament at Wellsville Saturday. Eudora and Wellsville matched up in the first game, for what turned out to be a real nail-biter - a 29-28 double-overtime victory by the Cardinals.
Eudora jumped out to an early 11-5 lead, but Wellsville managed to sneak back into the game in the second half and tied the game up, 20-20, at the end of regulation. At the end of the first overtime, the score remained tied, this time at 25-25.
Eudora outscored Wellsville 4-3 in the second overtime, giving them a hard-fought road victory to open the season. Gabe Cleveland led the Cardinals in scoring and in rebounds with nine and twelve respectively. Thaius Boyd added eight points and Grady Proffitt and Nick Becker each had five. Ryan Lahman scored two points as well.
Eudora faced a very tall and fast Baldwin team in the second game, and those factors proved too much as Eudora fell, 37-21.
The Cardinals trailed at halftime, 18-6, finding themselves with few answers for Baldwin's height and speed. The Cards didn't give up as they kept working hard and managed to keep the second half much closer, being outscored by only four points, 19-15.
Thaius Boyd led the Cardinals in scoring with eight. Gabe Cleveland and Ryan Lahman each scored four, while Grady Proffit and Landon Walrod added three and two respectively.
The opened up play at home Monday night versus Wellsville.
The Cardinals showed that the last thing they wanted was another close one, jumping out to a 10-2 first-half lead. Both teams started out sluggish, but Eudora really got things together and turned it on in the second half as they outscored the Eagles 23-5, giving the Cards a 33-7 victory, their second win on the season.
Gabe Cleveland led all scorers with 17 points. Nick Becker poured in 11 of his own. Tyler Hadl and Thaius Boyd each scored two and Landon Walrod had one.
The Cards welcome in Louisburg on Thursday.
¢ The seventh-grade junior varsity squad opened its season Monday at home versus Wellsville.
Both teams had a hard time finding the bucket in the first half as Eudora went into the locker room with a 4-3 lead.
Things heated up a bit more for both teams in the second half. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Wellsville heated up just a bit more than Eudora and came away with a 23-17 victory.
The JV will look to rebound Thursday as it hosts Louisburg.