Despite trailing by double-digits in the second half, the Maud Tigers clawed their way back to force overtime but fell to the Sasakwa Vikings 65-61 in the opening round of the Jim Walling Classic Thursday.

EARLSBORO - Despite trailing by double-digits in the second half, the Maud Tigers clawed their way back to force overtime but fell to the Sasakwa Vikings 65-61 in the opening round of the Jim Walling Classic Thursday.

Maud led 14-9 after the first quarter, but three second-quarter treys from Sasakwa's Caleb Garcia, along with a stifling defense, gave the Vikings a 27-26 lead going into halftime.

Sasakwa continued the momentum in the third quarter when they went on a 12-2 run. Garcia had six points during that run. Maud coach Chance Grider was pleased with the Tigers' effort despite falling behind by double-figures.

“I thought we played hard; we just didn't put the ball in the bucket, which is the main goal of basketball. Everything looks good when the ball is going in and it's just the opposite when it's not,” Grider said.

Maud battled back in the fourth quarter, going on a 12-4 run. In the final frame, Kash Bodkin scored 10 points to help bring his team back to contention.

“Our guys battled back, and they will usually play hard,” Grider said. “We're not the most skilled team but we pride ourselves on playing harder than the other team. It was anybody's game at the end. We had a chance to make it. They just made a couple more plays than we did.”

In the overtime period, Sasakwa's run-n-gun gave them the edge. Garcia scored 8 points individually while Maud on scored 9 as a team.

Bodin finished the game with 23 points. Tarren Gregg joined him in double-figures, contributing 15 points.

Garcia led all scorers with 25 points. Chris Harjo and Cody McDonald chipped in 16 and 12 points respectively.

Maud (4-3) will return to action Friday when they face the loser of Earlsboro and Vanoss JV. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.