Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hot start to season showed boys could contend

Brian Katzfey drives in for a layup at the Tonganoxie Invitational. Eudora finished the season 11-10.

Brian Katzfey drives in for a layup at the Tonganoxie Invitational. Eudora finished the season 11-10.

March 19, 2009

Though the Eudora boys basketball team fell short of reaching its goal of making it to state, there were numerous times this year’s squad showed it could have been one of those eight teams that made it to state. Eudora (11-10) finished second at the Paola Invitational and had notched big wins over Anderson County, Silver Lake, Piper, Baldwin and De Soto before heading into the Tonganoxie Invitational with a 7-1 record. The Cardinals beat Don Bosco in their first-round game before falling in their next two games to take fourth-place at the tournament. From there, the boys went 3-7. “We knew the schedule was going to be a lot tougher after that,” Eudora coach Kyle Deterding said. “We knew that going in, but we battled and competed. There were a lot of close games, and we won some of them, and we lost some of them. That’s going to happen.” Three of those seven loses were by seven points or less. The Cardinals took league foe Paola to the wire in late January, but lost by four. The boys also took league champion Gardner to the final possession playing on the road, and had a chance to tie or win the game, but a turnover in the closing seconds ended that upset bid, and the Cardinals lost, 43-39. The boys finished fourth in the league and led De Soto at halftime in the first round of sub-state. The Cardinals, like they had done a few times during the year, had one bad quarter – the third quarter – against De Soto and scored just three points in the period. And Eudora couldn’t get over the hump in the fourth and lost 56-47 to end their season. “There’s a lot of good teams in the league,” Eudora senior center Michael Bricker said. “It was pretty even, so it could have went either way any night. Sometimes we didn’t get it done. You just look back, and think I could have done more for the team by getting in the weight room in the summer and stuff and I kind of regret that. But it was a pretty good season. I really enjoyed playing with these guys.” Bricker averaged nine points and eight rebounds and was named to the Paola all-tournament team along with junior guard Justin Ballock. Ballock was the team’s leading scorer at 15 points a game. Eudora also got solid contributions from junior guards Brian Katzfey, who averaged eight points a game, and guard Evan Cleveland who added three assists a game. Eudora will also return forward Drew Noble. Together they could give Eudora a solid group next year. “We’re going to have all four of us back, so that’s good,” Ballock said. “And we all got some minutes. And we’ve got a couple big guys coming off the bench and some young guys coming in who are pretty good. So if we work hard in the summer, we should be pretty good.” Eudora will lose seniors Bricker, Cody Carlson, Bryan Dudley, Craig Harper, Craig Roberts, Kyle Swanson and Zach Bryant next year. “I couldn’t ask for a better senior class,” Bricker said. “I enjoyed every minute of it.” Many of the Eudora boys made the trip to Salina to watch the girls compete at the state tournament last week, and Deterding said next year’s squad could make a run at state. “It could,” Deterding said. “I mean, if we don’t do anything between now and next November, it probably wouldn’t matter too much. But if we have a group that decides this offseason that we don’t want it to end next year and get to work, – not just play around but we need to get to work work – then we’ve got a chance next year to be pretty competitive.”


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