KANKAKEE, Ill. – Sophomore Dmonta Harris continued his recent surge in production for Mineral Area, and scored in a variety of ways to notch a career-high 38 points plus 10 rebounds against Kankakee on Thursday.
His performance marked a single-game high on the season for the Cardinals, who rolled to a 108-85 victory..
Harris has reached double figures in each of the past four games, including a 34-point outing in a 103-62 win against West Kentucky Tech two weeks ago.
Mineral Area (22-7) began with a perimeter-oriented offense to surge ahead. Lance Singh drained three shots from behind the arc within the opening five minutes, and ended with 19 points.
Jamie Ahale finished with 19 points, including a game-high five 3-pointers for the Cardinals. They sank 14 triples collectively in the win.
Christian Jacob countered the jump shooting by battling near the basket to post 36 points for Kankakee (12-18), but Mineral Area remained consistent from the arc to strengthen the lead.
The Cardinals held a 54-39 advantage at the intermission, and Singh sank his fourth 3-pointer during the first possession out of the break.
Jerome Bynum drained three shots from beyond the arc for the Cavaliers during the second half, and tallied 11 points.
Harris notched seven straight points down the stretch, and created a 101-74 lead on a putback layup with about four minutes remaining.
Zach Cameron recorded 13 rebounds with seven points for the Cardinals, while Kevin Hamlet tallied 10 points. Maurice Edwards added nine assists.
Mineral Area will play its regular season finale at State Fair on Saturday with Region 16 tournament seeding to be finalized.