“They’re always going to keep fighting. I expect that from Greg’s teams,” Thomason said of the scrappy Mustangs. “Like I told my kids in the locker room, the fact that we’re talking about (the 23 missed free throws) after a win is always a good thing. But to win the games we’re going to need to win, we’re going to have to make some free throws.”
Roff received 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from Lonnie Petersen while Hunter Larsh also reached double figures with 10 for the Tigers. Dalton Madden just missed double digits with nine for the winners.
Tommy Peay got loose for a game-high 15 points to go with 10 boards for Allen while Erickson contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
While Roff attempted 36 free throws, Allen — which had three players foul out — finished 5-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Asher 59, Tupelo 45
The game was knotted at 16-16 at halftime but Asher scored the first 14 points of the third quarter to take control.
“Obviously, they whipped us in the third quarter. We didn't defend at all the second half,” said Tupelo head coach Clay Weller. “We had a poor offensive showing everywhere. We're much better than we played last night, but give Asher credit they outworked us.”
Tupelo would actually jump out to an 11-5 first-quarter lead before Asher reeled off a 33-12 run over the middle two frames to take a 38-23 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
Tim Johnson erupted for a game-high 24 points to pace the Indians while three other Asher players also reached double figures. Tanner Andrews score 13, Hunter Fowler added 11 and Caleb Dubler chipped in 10 for the winners.
Corey McCollum scored 12 points for Tupelo while John Umsted chipped in 10. Josh Gragg grabbed nine rebounds for the Tigers.