As was the trend most of this season, the Ballock brothers came through when Eudora needed them most.
Andrew and Mitchell combined for 39 points, as Eudora defeated Scott City 71-58 to win the Kansas Class 4A Division II title on Saturday in Park City.
The victory ended a three-year streak of state championships for Scott City who was previously in Class 3A and it was the first state title for Eudora who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Cardinals finished the season 20-5.
“They played their tails off for 32 minutes all three game playing so hard and almost just refusing to lose,” Eudora coach Kyle Deterding said. “They did a great job.”
Eudora led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and used a 10-2 run going into halftime to take a 36-23 lead, behind 28 points from the Ballocks. Scott City used a 21-5 run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 50-48. But down the stretch, Eudora put together another 10-2 run to close out the game.
“On the offensive end we got to the backboard and made a couple nice drives and penetrated,” Deterding said. “On the defensive end we got several stops in a row and made some buckets and got that cushion and held on.”
Mitchell, who is a freshman, led the Cardinals with 20 points. Andrew, who is a senior, finished with 19. Austin Downing and Zachary Scroggin added 14 and 11 points, respectively.