MOBERLY, Mo. — Jay Raulston scored with six seconds to play after gathering a blocked shot, and the Mineral Area men’s basketball team assumed sole possession of first place in Region 16 on Wednesday night.
D’Angelo Tucker drilled seven 3-pointers to account for 21 points, and Shaquille Boga finished with 19 as the 23rd-ranked Cardinals earned a thrilling 85-84 victory over Moberly.
Raulston netted 17 points and Leon Watkins added 11 for Mineral Area (18-3), which made 10-of-12 free throws and snapped the Greyhounds’ 8-game win streak.
Boga scored his scored his second straight field goal on a steal and layup to restore a 75-67 Mineral Area lead with 5:45 left.
The Cardinals drew three offensive charges from Moberly in the closing minutes, but hit a cold shooting spell as Mike Anderson sparked a surge by the host squad.
Anderson drove end to end for a second transition basket moments after throwing down an uncontested dunk, then sank two free throws for an 80-77 Moberly advantage.
Tucker evened the game with a timely 3-pointer, and Watkins beat the shot clock with another one from long range as Mineral Area forged ahead 83-82 with 1:39 to play.
The Greyhounds answered on a turn-around in the paint by Brennan Hughes with 28.2 seconds left after the teams traded missed shots, then stopped an initial drive from Boga before Raulston hit the winning putback.
Moberly (17-4) grabbed its first lead at 23-21 following consecutive 3-pointers by Trent Washington, and received many more chances from the charity stripe, finishing 24-of-32 overall.
Anderson totaled a game-high 22 points for the Greyhounds. Kwai Pearson tallied 20 including 10-for-10 from the line, and Washington ended with 19.
MAC carried a 43-39 edge into the intermission after Denzel Reed and Boga delivered baskets inside the final minute of the first half.
Tucker sparked an opening 9-0 run by the Cardinals with back-to-back triples, and the early spread reached 14-4.
Mineral Area began an important stretch of six straight road games after opening region play with wins over Three Rivers and MSU-West Plains.