PARK HILLS – The Mineral Area men's basketball team forced 13 turnovers during the first half, and executed a crippling fast-break offense to pull away and extend its win streak to seven games on Saturday.
Fort Scott had retrieved on defense to limit the Cardinals’ transition chances in the first half, and trailed just 23-14 at the break.
Mineral Area (8-1) pushed the ball hard later in the game to frequently visit the free-throw line, and notched a 74-49 victory at home.
The Cardinals began the contest by trapping on nearly every possession to force errant passes. The Greyhounds (5-5) often offset the turnovers with solid defense as the game included an early, five-minute scoring drought.
Fabio Sohnel broke the cold spell by grabbing his own miss and finishing the putback attempt for an 8-4 Mineral Area lead eight minutes into the action.
Sohnel later blocked Decquan Richardson on back-to-back possessions, and Zach Cameron had a thunderous dunk attempt carom high off the rim in transition following the second denial.
Cameron led all players with eight rebounds and three blocks, and Sohnel added five points plus five boards.
Lance Singh paced the Cardinals with 16 points, and Jamie Ahale contributed 15 fueled by four 3-pointers.
Ahale notched his second basket from the perimeter to give Mineral Area a 16-6 lead, but Fort Scott point guard Marshawn Williams matched it on the ensuing trip with his first shot from the field.
Williams recorded eight points and seven rebounds for the Greyhounds, while Tyler Zinn paced the team with 11 points.
Zinn and Dontrell Sanders forced the ball inside for the Greyhounds to start the second half, but they could not prevent the slashing by Mineral Area.
Roman Young recorded nine of his 13 points during a 12-2 run over the first three minutes of the second half.
Sanders brought the score within 35-18 on a 15-foot jumper with 16:48 showing on the clock.
Cameron recorded his third block by sending a layup off the backboard and bounding toward midcourt. Singh corralled the ball, and hit two free throws after being fouled on the fast break for a 51-26 lead with 11:30 to play.
The stout transition offense continued for Mineral Area, even with the sizable lead. Bobby Parker dunked an assist by Maurice Edwards, and flushed down a lob pass with two hands on the following trip down to gain a 58-31 edge.
Dmonta Harris collected six of his eight points from the line down the stretch. Ahale drained his fourth 3-pointer with six minutes left to establish a 30-point margin.