Archive for Monday, January 19, 2009

Eudora boys should contend for crown

January 19, 2009

The Eudora High Cardinals enter the Tonganoxie Invitational at 7-1 and have shown much improvement from a season ago.

Last year, Eudora won 10 games, and it seems the Cardinals will surely break that mark soon. Eudora features a mix of outside shooting and rugged play down low. Junior shooting guard Justin Ballock is Eudora’s leading scorer at 15 points a game. Ballock can stick open jumpers with ease and also penetrate and score inside.

Ballock seems just as comfortable driving through the lane as he does while playing on the perimeter and threw down a vicious dunk in Eudora’s first game of the year. The Cardinals like to get the ball in Ballock’s hands early, and his scoring ability and hustle energize the rest of the team.

Guards Evan Cleveland and Kyle Swanson run the Eudora offense, and sixth man Brian Katzfey averages 10 points a game off the bench. Katzfey is similar to Ballock in that he can also hit from the perimter but isn’t afraid to take the ball into the lane. Katzfey has long arms and is constantly in the passing lanes, which leads to easy layups.

Eudora also has some height inside to go with its outside game. Offensively, the Cards run a lot of high-low offense. Senior Cody Carlson often plays in the high post and looks to deliver the ball down low to 6-foot-6 senior Michael Bricker and 6-foot-1 junior Drew Noble.

“We count on them to get a lot done because we don’t have a team where we can just walk out and beat people,” Eudora coach Kyle Deterding said of his post players. “We need everybody to play well and everybody to play together and the bigs have been doing a pretty god job.”

Defensively, the Cardinals will pressure in the backcourt and look to trap the ball in the corners, especially after a Eudora field goal. The Eudora boys have notched wins over Anderson County, Silver Lake, Baldwin and finished in second-place at the Paola Invitational early in the season.

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