PORT ARTHUR, Texas — The Mineral Area men’s basketball team made a solid case to enter the next NJCAA national rankings following a successful journey to the Lamar State Classic.

Sophomore forward Jay Raulston compiled 33 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks on Tuesday, and the Cardinals rode a sizzling first half past Lone Star College-CyFair 108-60.

Freshman guard Shaquille Boga poured in 25 points and Mark Nolen added 15 off the bench as MAC overpowered the Ducks from Cypress, Texas.

Mineral Area forced 26 turnovers and attacked the basket for numerous layups to build a 61-37 halftime lead.

Raulston highlighted a 20-10 start with 14 points including three dunks. He scored a game-high 29 points on Monday during a 69-63 triumph over Seward County (Kan.)

The Cardinals (15-3) will open Region XVI play at home Saturday against Three Rivers.

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