PARK HILLS – Bobby Parker scored a game-high 19 points, and knocked down four 3-pointers to help the Mineral Area men’s basketball team throttle Kennedy-King 59-42 on Saturday night.
Stifling defense guided the Cardinals (5-1) to a second victory at the annual Bob Sechrest Classic, holding the visiting Statesmen (3-5) to one made field goal over the first nine minutes of the second half.
Mineral Area pushed ahead in transition off steals or rebounds several times during a powerful 17-2 that extended a 40-30 lead.
Jamie Ahale sparked the pullaway with a corner 3-pointer, and Dmonta Harris added a putback on the next possession before setting up Maurice Edwards for a transition layup.
Parker helped to create the largest separation at 57-32 by sinking his last perimeter shot with about nine minutes to play. He also capped the scoring in the game with a dunk.
Roman Young contributed an assist, steal and drawn charging foul in the early stages, and the Cardinals quickly jumped ahead 6-0 on triples by Parker and Ahale.
Mineral Area negated a brief offensive lull by contesting most shots by Kennedy-King, and soon gained command of the action following a big 13-0 spurt before the break.
Javoun Watters muscled in a second-chance basket that brought the Statesmen even at 16-16, but MAC was ignited by two straight fast-break scores.
Kevin Hamlet found Harris ahead for a layup, and Parker dunked with contact for a 3-point play off a dish from Edwards.
Parker connected again from long range for a 29-16 advantage, and the Cardinals headed into the locker room maintaining a 34-25 lead.
Ahale reaced double figures with 10 points for Mineral Area, which made just 6-of-13 free throws. The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday when hosting West Kentucky Tech.
Sammie Davis matched Watters with a team-high nine points for Kennedy-King.