Boys tournament frustrations carry over against Sumner
Eudora found itself in a bind Tuesday, facing a Kansas City Sumner Academy team with superior athleticism. Eudora coach Kyle Deterding said his team played hard, but it wasn't enough.
The Cardinals lost their second game in a row and their fourth in their last five, falling to Sumner Academy, 64-43.
Sophomore Justin Ballock led the Cardinals in scoring with 17, while seniors Dylan Rust and Cody Carlson added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
"That's the best team we've faced so far," Deterding said. "They make you make good decisions. If you're a little soft on the pass or catch, it's a turnover against them."
The Cardinals dropped to 5-7 on the year after the Sumner loss and a 1-2 record at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
They trailed Sumner 7-6 with two minutes, 12 seconds to play in the first quarter, after Ballock sank both free throws on a technical foul against Sumner's coach.
Eudora couldn't stay close, however. It gave up four unanswered points and after one period of play the Cardinals trailed 11-6.
One factor that prevented Eudora from giving up a lot of points in the first quarter was Sumner's inability to jump stop on the low post. Eudora drew three charges, Rust taking two of them.
The struggles surfaced in the second quarter when Eudora trailed by as many as 17. Eudora's turnover problems were largely to blame.
"It was a combination of both our ball handling and their defense," Deterding said. "It's hard to simulate that zone in practice. Once we got to the right spots we were getting good shots but they are so darn athletic."
Eudora had problems matching up with 6-foot-3 senior Brian Johnson on the defensive end. Johnson scored 23 points for Sumner to lead all scorers. All of his points came in the last three quarters of the ballgame, one of the reasons Eudora was able to hang around in the first quarter.
"He did a nice job - really worked hard," Deterding said. "He had three or four and-ones because he kept getting by us and we weren't getting in the right spot.
"He really took advantage of our lapses on defense."
It was the second consecutive loss by 20 or more for Eudora, which lost the fifth-place game of the Tonganoxie Invitational, 59-39, to Silver Lake.
Ballock had 16 in that contest, while Rust had eight, six of which he scored in the first quarter.
The brightest moment for Eudora on the week was an 18-point comeback victory Thursday against Jefferson West. Playing without one of its starting guards - Aaron Shockley was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules - Eudora faced the deficit with 1:42 to play in the third quarter. The team reeled off a 7-0 run to close the gap to 11 points at the end of three quarters.
The defense got tough in the fourth, allowing just seven points by Jeff West. At the 1:16 mark, Rust got the ball inside and took it right at 6-7 senior Tom Shirley, drawing a foul that would put Shirley on the bench with five fouls and Rust on the line to shoot a one-and-one.
Rust sank the front end of the bonus attempt to give Eudora a 53-52 lead it would not relinquish. Rust got a block with five seconds left and tipped the ball out to the halfcourt line where sophomore Evan Cleveland took possession and time expired.
The win gave Eudora at least some redemption after a poor showing Tuesday night against Rossville.
Next up for the Cardinals is a 7:30 p.m. contest Friday at Paola.
"We saw them before - we didn't play them but we saw them play," Deterding said. "Usually they're a scrappy team and do things the right way. Hopefully we'll just go down there and compete."