The Asher Indians (10-7) won the 2018 Jim Walling Classic after beating two ranked teams to get the job done.
In a bit of an upset in the semifinals Friday, Asher beat the Class B No. 5 Varnum Whippets 85-71. The Indians did it again Saturday with another stunner over Class B No. 19 Smithville, 62-56.
“We had three really tough games this week. We were down early to Sasakwa and were in two dog fights against Smithville and Varnum” Coach Scott Hamilton said.”We had some big wins in this tournament and it was great to end with a win.”
Asher trailed 30-26 at the half and had Smithville on the ropes until the Indians took over in the fourth quarter.
“I felt like it took all Smithville had for three quarters to stay up on us,” Hamilton said. “I felt like we wore them down and took over in the fourth quarter. We played possession by possession and chip away at the lead.”
Mike McDonald knocked down a three-pointer with just under two minutes to give Asher a 57-53 advantage. That basket proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Smithville.
Asher beat Sasakwa 62-46 in the opening round Thursday.
Patch Hamilton averaged 24.3 points per game for the tournament.
Mike McDonald had a team-high 24 in the championship game and averaged 17.3 over the three-day gauntlet.
Trevor Martin had a 20-point game in the semifinals against Varnum.
Asher (10-7) will host Maud Tuesday. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m. and the boys will tipoff at 8 p.m.