Earlsboro - The Maud Tigers relied heavily on 33 points from Kash Bodkin as they defeated the Asher Indians 69-40 in the consolation round of the Jim Walling Classic Wednesday.
In the first quarter Maud jumped out to an early 11-4 lead in part to Braylen Brewer scoring the Tiger's first six points of the game. In the closing minutes of the first, Bodkin scored five points to extend the lead to 19-10. Maud coach Chance Grinder was impressed with his team's performance start to finish.
“We are starting to play a little better,” Grinder said. “Last night we played Moss and that was probably our best game of the season. We are able to start pressing a little more and we're starting to get in better basketball shape.”
Maud scored 18 points in the second quarter, 13 of which came from the hot-hand Bodkin. With the score 37-24 at halftime, the Tigers carried their intensity over to the second half.
“They usually give me good effort,” Grinder said. “When the shots fall, the game looks a lot better. To start the third I had to get after them a little. But after that I didn't have to tell them anything else.”
With the 51-33 going into the fourth quarter, Grinder was able to empty his bench and give some of his starters a rest.
“We got some younger guys that haven't got a lot of playing time, so that was good,” he said.
Maud's Braylen Brewer and Tarren Grigg each contributed eight points. Michael Schultz chipped in six on two three-pointers.
Preston Patton led Asher with 16 points.
Maud (8-3) will return to action Thursday when they travel to Wanette. Asher (5-12) returns to action Friday when they travel to Vanoss. Both games are scheduled for a 8 p.m. start.