Brothers Hunter and Zach Fowler combined for 41 points Thursday, fueling Class B’s eighth-ranked Asher to a 64-50 win over Maud in the first round of the Pottawatomie Telephone Company Jim Walling Classic at Earslboro High School.
Hunter Fowler, a sophomore, nabbed all 21 of his game-high points from long range. The Indians were down in the early going before he knocked down three consecutive 3-point field goals to shift the momentum.
The Indians led 17-13 after one quarter, and 31-28 at halftime. Hunter connected on three more treys in Asher’s 20-point third quarter, and the Indians went into the final stanza with a 51-40 advantage.
“It was a good win,” said Asher head coach Lance Weeks. “Maud’s a good team.”
Zach Fowler netted 20 points as the Indians improved to 12-3.
“He makes plays,” Weeks said of Zach, a senior.
Tyler Storment led Maud with 13 points, and teammates Talon Fletcher and Jason Brewer added a dozen apiece.
Weeks also praised the defensive play of Tanner Andrews.
Asher’s girls suffered a 50-48 setback to Sasakwa in the first round Thursday, and will take on Maud Friday in consolation action. Maud lost 63-19 to Varnum Thursday.
The tournament hosts split lopsided games with Maysville and Vanoss in the later games.
The Earlsboro girls outscored Maysville 50-9 in the first half on their way to a 73-14 blowout.
Lady Wildcat Megan Ashley led all scorers with 17. Teammates Brittany Coon, Monica Griffiths, Courtney Jones and Demi Coon joined Ashley in double figures.
The Lady Wildcats (13-2) will take on Glencoe in the tournament semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday.
The Earlsboro boys weren’t as lucky, as poor shooting doomed the Wildcats to a 64-17 drubbing at the hands of Vanoss Thursday.
Chris Drumgo led the Wolves with 13 points, while teammate Blake Cooper added 10.
Vanoss will challenge Glencoe in the boys semifinals Friday, while the Wildcats (6-10) fall to the consolation bracket, where they will meet Maysville at 2:30 p.m Friday.
The Wildcats picked up their sixth win by forfeit earlier in the week when it was discovered an opponent had used an ineligible player.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith and Chuck Porter.