2014_Boys_BB_Austin Downing_OsawatamieAuston Downing goes for the lay-up against Osawatamie earlier this week (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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The #4 Eudora Cardinals defeated the #1 Andale Indians 44-43 in the 4A Division II State Basketball tournament.

The Cards at one point trailed Andale by 12 points in the first quarter, but battled back in the second half and rally for the win.  Eudora attempted a multitude of 3 point tries in the first half and had great difficulty in finding the bottom of the net. During the 2nd quarter, the team settled down and started playing a more balanced grind it out style of offense and cut the Andale lead to 5 by half time.

In the second half the Cards continued their gritty determination while playing a solid defense and not allowing Andale many opportunities to score.  Midway through the 4th quarter, the Cardinals ties the game and then it see-sawed back and forth until the very last second when Austin Downing hit a lay up with only seconds to go.  Andale tried to inbound the ball down the court but were never able to get up a solid shot against a tough Eudora defense.

Cardinal scoring was led by Mitchell Ballock who scored 14 points in the win with 5 rebounds. Andrew Ballock hit 12 points with 5 rebounds and Austin Downing scored 8 with 7 rebounds.

The Cardinals advance to the Championship game on Saturday against the winner of the #2 Scott City Beavers and #3 Concordia Panthers.  Game time is 6:15 PM at Hartman Arena in Park City.  The game can be viewed online at Kpreps.com: http://kpreps.com/kansas/news/?id=2442&t=

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