Lack of intensity costs boys team at Tongie tourney
Things looked to be going well for the Cardinals boys basketball team Tuesday in the first quarter. Sophomore Justin Ballock won the tip, senior Dylan Rust started strong down low offensively and Eudora had an answer for almost every basket the Rossville Bulldogs scored.
Things would take a turn for the worst quickly in the second quarter, however, and the Cardinals would go on to lose 56-38.
The worst part of all of it for Eudora coach Kyle Deterding, he thought the team lacked hard work.
"I didn't think anything (was missing) before the game, but once it got going it didn't take long to notice," he said. "We were a step slow everywhere. One of the things we pride ourselves on is not being outworked but we definitely got outworked tonight."
If a person were to watch the team every game, they would notice that the team usually is ahead of its opponent in the on-the-floor and charge-taking departments. The Cardinals seemed to be a step slow to most loose balls Tuesday, however, and didn't draw a single charge call under the basket.
Deterding could be heard in the fourth quarter, encouragingly telling Rust good job for attempting to draw a charge. He didn't get the call, but usually by the fourth quarter the Cardinals have taken multiple charges and put it in the opponents' minds that they can't just drive to the hole uncontrolled.
It looked like things were going well enough in the beginning. Dylan Rust had seven points and by the end of the first quarter Eudora trailed by a manageable deficit, 13-11.
The Bulldogs bit in a big way in the second quarter, scoring seven unanswered points and forcing Eudora turnovers using a 2-3 zone-trap.
"We just made some really silly passes," Deterding said. "The things we were doing were okay but we couldn't make the good pass to be able to take advantage."
It seemed the Cardinals might turns things around with six minutes to go in the second quarter. Rust scored a bucket down low, D.J. Fritzel came up with a steal and Rust got another two on a put-back, giving Eudora a 4-point run of their own to cut the deficit back down to five.
But the passing and turnovers remained a problem, and Eudora went into the second half trailing 26-17.
"I thought we came out prepared like we usually are, but just didn't come out to work like we usually do," Rust said. "Nothing worked out for us."
There wasn't much working on the offensive side. Sophomore Justin Ballock never got going, which in the past has helped spark the team when things become stagnant offensively. Ballock scored five on the night.
"I got in some foul trouble early and missed some shots," Ballock said. "I just never really felt like I got in the flow of the game."
The Cardinals never did Tuesday, either. They dropped their second straight game to put them at 4-5 on the season. Rust led Eudora in scoring with 16 points.
The Cardinals also lost a heartbreaker Friday night to rival De Soto, falling 68-60 in double overtime.
It seemed as if they had the game won with 5 seconds to go in regulation, but the Wildcats banked in a 3-pointer to send the game into the first overtime.
Ballock scored 17 to lead Eudora, while Rust had 13 and senior Aaron Shockley had nine.
From here, with one day of practice between Tuesday's loss and their next game with Jefferson West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the team is looking nowhere but up.
"We just got to go to that game ready to work better than this game," Rust said.