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EFFINGHAM TRIPS EUDORA

January 25, 1992

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— Eudora High showed the kind of effort coach Terry Zerr likes against top-seeded Effingham on Friday night in the semifinals of the McLouth Invitational basketball tournament.

However, the fifth-seeded Cardinals lost 65-57 to a Tiger squad that refused to miss its free throws late in the game.

"Our effort was there again tonight. We were playing a good team, and good teams always hit their free throws," Zerr said.

If Zerr is right, then Effingham could be close to greatness. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers connected on 14 of 16 free throws, including a stretch of 11 in a row.

Starters Mark Hopkins and Terry Hegarty each scored 17 points to pace the Tigers, and that tandem combined to ignite a 7-0 run in the third quarter that widened the lead to six points.

TRAILING 38-37, Hopkins began the scoring with a long three-pointer with just under one minute left in the quarter, and then closed the scoring with a basket as the horn sounded.

"This was a big win for us. This is the first time we've been in a tournament championship in a long time," Effingham coach Duane Feldkamp said. "But Eudora played very, very well. For a team that doesn't have a .500 record, they're tough."

Senior Matt Grosdidier continued to be the Cardinals' top scoring threat, contributing nine of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter. Grosdidier also scored nine first-half points to help the Cardinals to a 28-27 halftime edge.

But after the Tigers' run at the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals could not regain the lead.

"We had a couple of defensive letdowns in the second half, and they just canned their free throws in the end," Eudora's Adam Gabriel said. "But we've had two really good efforts in a row, and we need to keep that up. Things will start to happen."

THE CARDINALS shot 48 percent, and received 14 points from Jamy Hickman.

Eudora, 5-7, and will face Oskaloosa, 4-7, at 5 p.m. today in the third-place game. Oskaloosa bowed to Troy, 60-51, in Friday's other semi.

Junior Jeff Farmer helped keep Oskaloosa close with eight fourth-quarter points, but the Bears were plagued by turnovers and poor free throw shooting in the second half.

"We still had a chance to win, but we couldn't convert," Oskie coach Kevin Bordewick said. "They gave us plenty of opportunities to get back in the game, but we kept making unforced errors. They opened the door for us and we just shut it in our own face."

In a consolation game Friday, Kansas City Christian topped host McLouth, 52-49.

In games this afternoon, McLouth was to play St. Marys Academy for seven place at 2 p.m. and KC Christian was to meet Jefferson North for fifth place at 3:30 p.m.

After tonight's Eudora-Oskaloosa game, Troy and Effingham will play for the tourney championship at about 6:30 p.m.

EUDORA (57)

John Abel 2-5 0-0 4, Matt Grosdidier 8-14 3-5 21, Mark Brunk 2-6 3-5 6, Jamy Hickman 7-14 0-1 14, Adam Gabriel 3-7 1-1 8, Terry Crawshaw 2-3 0-0 4, Mark Everley 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 24-50 6-11 57. EFFINGHAM (65)

Daniel Wessel 1-8 3-4 6, Terry Hegarty 6-14 5-8 17, Mark Hopkins 6-11 4-4 17, Aaron Gracey 3-13 4-4 10, Jason Banks 2-3 2-4 6, Ralph Banks 4-8 1-1 9, Troy Montgomery 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 19-25 65. Eudora--20 8 10 19 -- 57 Effingham--16 11 17 21 -- 65

Three Point Goals -- Eudora 3-10 (Grosdidier 2-6, Gabriel 1-2, Abel 1-2); Effingham 2-10 (Hopkins 1-3, Wessel 1-6, Gracey 0-1). Total Fouls -- Eudora 24; Effingham 17. Fouled Out -- Abel, Gabriel, Eudora.

TROY 60, OSKALOOSA 51 Oskaloosa--12 13 8 18 -- 51 Troy--11 13 18 18 -- 60

Oskaloosa: Farmer 17, White 5, Bassett 12, Malone 2, Turner 3, Craven 12.

Troy: Bond 11, J. Winder 16, Rosenberger 9, C. Winder 14, Robinson 5, Masters 1, Jasper 4.

KC CHRISTIAN 52, McLOUTH 49 KC Christian-- 6 12 17 17 -- 52 McLouth--10 14 10 15 -- 49

KC Christian: Wolff 2, Bradford 12, Danks 2, Dekker 17, Hoist 19.

McLouth: Schwinn 21, Haney 5, Bowen 6, Gaskell 17.

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