POPLAR BLUFF — The Mineral Area Cardinals had little trouble in disposing the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Stars on Saturday in their second game of the Three Rivers Classic. After defeating the Blazers of North Lake, Texas on Friday, the Cardinals were well warmed up as they blistered the Stars early and rode on for a 96-75 win.  

The Cardinals defense forced 15 turnovers by the Stars in the game, while only coughing the ball up seven times. Their aggressive play did cost Mineral Area as the Stars went to the free-throw line  14 more times than the Cardinals. The Stars finished the game 30-44 at the free-throw line. Mineral Area was 19-30.

Anthony Virdure led the Cardinals in scoring with 24 points, Brier West finished with 18 and Orlando Johnson made 13. Aaron Cassel was next at eight, all in the second half.

Mineral Area will host SWIC on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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