EARLSBORO – Earlsboro used their superior athleticism to defeat the Asher Indians 82-40 at home Tuesday.
Asher held tough the first quarter leading Earlsboro 19-14, through the first eight minutes. Earlsboro coach Russell Parsons didn't like what he saw at the start of the game.
“I told the guys they looked uninspired and they need to go out there like they loved the game of basketball. It didn't look like we had a lot of passion or intensity,” he said.
The Wildcats gained momentum going into halftime with a 39-21 lead. Parsons wasn't satisfied with his teams performance through the first 16 minutes though.
“I felt like we were very flat the first half defensively,” Parsons said. “Offensively we scored plenty of points but I don't think we finished well around the rim. I felt like we didn't do a very good job defending out of our man-to-man. Since we're not a very big team, we needed to force more contested jump shots.”
The second half favored the Wildcats as they ended the third quarter with a commanding 64-25 lead.
“The third quarter we played better defensively,” Parsons said. I felt like we did a lot better job and forced them to take contested jump shots.”
With the team in the driver's seat, Parson was able to go to his bench and give his team plenty of in-game experience.
“We were without one of our solid bench players because he had his wisdom teeth out,” Parsons said. “We normally play eight or nine guys since we play at a fast pace.”
Earlsboro's Elijah Stargell led all scorers with 19 points. Kaveon Sharp contributed 17 and Trey Herron 12.
Earlsboro (4-1) returns to action on Friday when they travel to New Lima (4-0) and Asher (1-3) will host Wapanucka. Both games are scheudled for an 8 p.m. start.