Eudora deflects Lansing’s fourth-quarter comeback in first round
Despite a foul-plagued second half, the Eudora Cardinals cashed in for a crucial win against Lansing Monday night in the first round of the 42nd annual Tonganoxie Invitational Basketball Tournament Monday night.
"They got a little bit too close for comfort in the end," said Eudora's Tommy Shutt. "I'm not surprised we won, though. It was time for us to cash in."
The Cardinals' 54-50 win ensures that they will be playing for either first or third place in the tournament. It wasn't exactly the kind of win that Coach Chad Eshbaugh had in mind. But, it was a win.
"I am just glad we won," Eshbaugh said. "It was our first close-game win. We didn't play as well as we have been, though. I was disappointed in the way we won. I am glad to be in the position that we're in, but they're going to have to play better to finish this off."
The Cardinals led 22-17 over the Lions at halftime and Eudora's defense was able to hold Lansing back.
"We spotted them too much in the first half," said Lansing coach Don Allen. "They played us far better defensively. They did a good job of not letting us score in the first half. We just got outplayed."
The second half wasn't any different, as the Cardinals maintained a six-point or more lead until late in the fourth quarter when Lansing's David Jackson sunk a 3-pointer to pull within three. Eudora led just 50-47 after Jackson's shot. Lansing tried to scrape together three pointers and fouled to stop the clock several times in the last minute of the game to try to earn a win. But, it wasn't enough.
Throughout the second half, Eudora shot 26 free throws and Lansing went to the line 23 times.
Eudora's Matt Fisher led all scorers with 20 points. Wes Hinman added 11 more for Eudora. Hosea Morgan led the Lions with 15 points.
The Lions will play Oskaloosa at 6 p.m. Thursday.