PARK HILLS – Mineral Area began the Bob Sechrest Classic with a dominant victory against Lang Prep on Friday evening.

The Cardinals had five players total 12 or more points, and 10 recorded at least one field goal in an all-around team effort to defeat Lang Prep 108-66.

Mineral Area (4-1) will face Kennedy King on Saturday evening  to continue annual event.

Lance Singh recorded 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first half for the Cardinals. Maurice Edwards maintained a constant slashing mentality, and added 17 points with six assists.

Bobby Parker notched all 14 of his points during the first half, and Jamie Ahale had 12 prior to intermission. Dmonta Harris also finished with 12.

Ahale, Parker, and Singh each made a 3-pointer during the first three minutes of play to help the Cardinals accelerate ahead 12-6. Mineral Area ran the fast break efficiently, and took care of the ball to keep a slight early lead.

Roman Young, who tallied seven assists and six rebounds, converted a transition layup over two towering defenders to create an 18-13 margin.

Parker drained a shot from behind the arc on consecutive trips for a 25-16 edge with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Meanwhile, Lang Prep struggled to connect on a multitude of 3-point attempts.

Gabriel Mourajes remained a scoring threat for Lang Prep by posting 10 points in each half. JaCorey Ealy added seven points from near the basket.

Edwards electrified the crowd and helped the Cardinals pull away late in the first. He threaded a bounce pass between two defenders in transition, and connected with Kevin Hamlet in stride for a finger roll finish.

Edwards capped off each of the next two fast breaks with a layup for a 42-21 advantage, and later assisted Zach Cameron for his first of nine points on a two-handed reverse flush.

Ahale and Chris Mims exchanged 3-pointers just before the break, and Parker split a pair of free throws to take a 54-31 edge with less than one second to play.

Edwards again connected with Cameron for a thunderous alley-oop slam on the initial possession of the second half. 

Mineral Area consistently attacked the basket to extend its lead. Edwards converted his third layup through contact for a 72-42 lead.

The Cardinals focused on defense after propelling far ahead, and allowed only 15 points over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

West County graduate Jacob Meinershagen notched his first points on an offensive putback for an 88-50 lead with 5:32 remaining. He ended with six points and three rebounds.

Harris showcased his athleticism on each side of the floor during the last six minutes. He picked off a pass near midcourt, and kicked it ahead to a wide open Edwards, who reared back with two hands to dunk for a 90-53.

Harris cut to the basket for five of his made shots, including a floating follow to cap the outcome.

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