ST. LOUIS – Lance Singh sparked the Mineral Area men’s basketball team at the outset with three consecutive 3-point field goals on Wednesday night.
Fellow freshman Jamie Ahale proceeded to sink eight of them, resulting in a game-high 24 points, and the Cardinals rolled past MCCAC rival St. Louis 75-56.
Maurice Edwards converted 11-of-12 free throws during the second half, and matched Singh with 15 points as Mineral Area (17-5) connected 14 times overall from beyond the arc.
St. Louis (9-10) opened the contest with back-to-back jumpers by Marquis Pepper and Sterling Wooten, but could not withstand the ensuing perimeter barrage.
A putback by Edwards represented the first two-point field goal by the Cardinals nearly 14 minutes into the action, establishing a double-digit lead at 27-16.
Ahale found a scorching stroke with a series of five 3-pointers made over the last 5:30 of the first half, including two in a row within the final minute to create a 44-24 separation.
Roman Young pushed the difference to 55-28 with another deep shot off ball reversal, and the outcome was only delayed from there by an abundance of fouls.
Dominique Loyd attacked for a pair of layups for the Archers, turning the first one into a conventional 3-point play with contact.
But another triple by Ahale took any hope for sustained momentum away from the home team, as MAC restored a 68-41 lead.
Pepper and Wooten each scored 10 points to pace St. Louis in a contest where guards carried much of the offensive output for each club.
Dmonta Harris contributed seven points off the bench to equal Young. The Cardinals were 27-of-34 from the line, and will host State Fair in a Region 16 game on Saturday.