EARLSBORO – It was a one-sided affair at Earlsboro Thursday night as the No. 1 in Class B Wildcats took down Maud 81-46 to keep their record untarnished.
Earlsboro got going quick, with a 3-pointer from Elijah Stargell to kick off 12 unanswered points capped on another triple by Trenton Nadeau to go ahead 12-2 with 4:12 left in the opening frame.
The Wildcats were hot from 3-point range, with 12 long range shots. Five of those came in the first quarter and four were courtesy of Nadeau.
Earlsboro coach Russell Parsons said that Maud forced them out of the paint to make them settle for outside shots. The strategy was a sound one, but his guys could have looked for better opportunities, he said.
“We need to show a little patience and willingness to get to the rim in that situation when somebody is taking that approach defensively,” Parsons said.
Things slowed down for much of the second as the teams went step for step until Nadeau landed his third triple of the night to send Earlsboro on a 10-0 rally and close out the half with a 43-20 advantage.
The Wildcats created more separation with a 21-13 run in the quarter, tightened up by Maud's Brad Turnbow who landed two 3-point buckets in the final 40 seconds.
The second half saw a turnaround from the first half struggles for the Wildcats. They were still performing, but weren't as good as they could have been.
“I didn't feel like we were really clicking offensively,” Parsons said.
Stargell led all scorers with 20 points and Austin Cox had 18 and three 3-pointers. Nadeau had 12, Garret Lena nine and Lucky Bohannon finished with seven.
Braylen Brewer led Maud with nine points and Austin Calver, Jacob Burnell and Bryxton Sanders had eight apiece.
The Wildcats are 16-0 on the season with the win and will be on the road at Strother Saturday. They will play in the Pott County Invitational next week. Maud (7-7) will play in the Bowlegs Tournament next week as they continue a long strand of road games. The Tigers haven't been at home since falling to Konawa Dec. 8, and will not return until they host Asher Jan. 25.