Raulston’s free-throws lifts Cardinals into second place

2013-02-25T06:53:00Z Raulston’s free-throws lifts Cardinals into second placeBy DONN ADAMSON Daily Journal Sports Editor Daily Journal Online

PARK HILLS — Saturday night, Mineral Area College celebrated its 2013 Homecoming in a big way. Not only with all the festivities, including a win by the women’s basketball team, but the Cardinals capped off the night with a one-point thriller, beating the State Fair Roadrunners 74-73 on a pair of free throws late in the game.

Those free throws came from the hands of MAC’s leading scorer Jay Raulston. Raulston earned the line privileges after rebounding a missed lay-up by Shaquille Boga, and upon trying to put the ball back up, took a hit which left a State Fair player on the floor for an extended injury time-out.

Raulston scored 24 points and made 12 rebounds to lead all players in both categories.

Raulston came back to the line to calmly sink the first of a one-and-one to tie the game and send Mineral Area fans into an uproar which they overly matched as he sank the second.

The free throws left 5.4 seconds on the clock to give the Roadrunners one last try, but a solid wall of defenders just inside the half-court line, forced State Fair’s Kenny Chery to rush a long try that fell way short as the buzzer sounded the Cardinals win.

Chery tried a flop to gain the official’s attention, but the refs didn’t buy into it as they rushed off the court and the fans rushed out to celebrate.

The parity in JUCO’s Region 16 changed MAC’s prospects dramatically for capturing the last regular season win. It lifted the Cardinals from a possible fifth-place finish in the six team Region, all the way to second place, insuring them of a berth in the semi-finals this Friday at Three Rivers against none other than State Fair.

It took three minutes for the Cardinals to get on the board on a basket by Denzel Reed as MAC’s defense did not allow the Roadrunners to run away in the early going. Denzel finished with 20 points in the game.

Trailing 22-21 late in the quarter , Raulston started an 8-0 streak by slamming one down on a full-court feed from Reed. The Cardinals went on to hold the seven-point edge until the half.

The lead expanded to 14 at one point early in the second half, but for the first eight minutes it stayed right at 10. State Fair began to whittle away, as Joe Thomasson hit two threes on the way and Jacob Williams added another. Both Thomasson and Williams led State Fair scoring with 18 points each.

On a play where Mineral Area was called for a goal tend, Kenny Chery (12) scored a conventional three for State Fair to tie the score at 59-59 with 8:08 left to go.  

The Roadrunners took their first lead, since a first-half 17-16 score, at 62-61 on a three by Kevin Punter. The two teams battled for the lead until it was knotted again at 69-69 with only 2:30 to go. State Fair called time to set up a defensive play, with MAC having the ball out of bounds and only 12 seconds left on the shot clock.

A rushed shot by the Cardinals gave the Roadrunners the opportunity to retake the lead. An exchange of free throws left the Cardinals trailing 72-71. Reed sank a pair from the line to give MAC the lead as the last minute began to wind down. Reed scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the game.

Williams hit a short jumper for State Fair with 23 seconds left, and MAC called time with 15 seconds on both game and shot clock. Boga drove from on top of the key to try a heavily contested lay-up which resulted in Raulston’s back-up.

State Fair  30 43 - 73

Mineral Area  37 37 - 74


State Fair - Joe Thomasson 18, Jacob Williams 18, Kenny Chery 14, Kevin Punter 13, Ben Denbow 6, Charles Beard 4.  3-point FG - Thomasson 2, Denbow 2, Punter, Williams.  (FT: 13-17).

Mineral Area - Jay Raulston 24, Denzel Reed 20, Shaquille Boga 16, Leon Watkins 7, D’Angelo Tucker 5, Bryce Weibrecht 2.  3-point FG - Watkins, Tucker.  (FT: 16-20).


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Girls - South 120, North 73

Boys - South 112, North 110

College Baseball –

Mineral Area 5, Three Rivers 3

Mineral Area 6, Three Rivers 3

Baseball –

Lutheran South 9, Central 0 

Farmington 4, Seckman 1

Fredericktown 11, Bismarck 1 

Lutheran South 19, Central 1 

Farmington 4, Cape Central 1

Twin Rivers 13, Bismarck 3 

Twin Rivers 8, Fredericktown 7

Charleston at West County, ppd.

Valle Catholic vs. Dexter, ppd.

Valley at West County, ppd.

Valle Catholic at Oran, ppd.

Charleston vs. Valley, ppd.

Potosi Tournament, ppd.

Softball –

West County vs. Naylor, ppd.

West County vs. Neelyville, ppd.


College Baseball

Three Rivers 7, Mineral Area 6

Three Rivers 5, Mineral Area 4 

College Softball – 

Mineral Area 9, SW Tennessee 6

SW Tennessee 10, Mineral Area 3


College Softball – 2 p.m.

John A. Logan at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi

Arcadia Valley at Central

Valle Catholic at Oran

Jefferson at Ste. Genevieve, 4 p.m.

Kingston at Bourbon

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Crystal City at Potosi

Arcadia Valley at Poplar Bluff

Golf –

Notre Dame Tournament

St. Pius at Arcadia Valley

Clearwater at West County

Soccer –

St. Clair at North County

Hillsboro at Farmington

Softball – 4 p.m.

Kingston at Crystal City

West County at Arcadia Valley


College Baseball – 1 p.m.

Mineral Area at SW Illinois

College Softball – 2 p.m.

St. Louis CC at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

Arcadia Valley at Fredericktown

Grandview at Valley

Greenville at North County

St. Vincent at Valle Catholic

Kingston at Bismarck, 6 p.m.

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Farmington at North County

Potosi at Arcadia Valley

Track & Field – 4 p.m.

North County Raider Relays

Golf – 4 p.m.

Central, Farmington, Ste. Genevieve at West County

Softball – 4 p.m.

West County at Bismarck

Arcadia Valley at Valle Catholic

Soccer – 5 p.m.

Fredericktown at St. Vincent


Golf – 8:30 a.m.

North County Tournament

Tennis – 4 p.m.

North County at Arcadia Valley

Potosi at St. Pius

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

West County at Ste. Genevieve

Central at Perryville

Fredericktown at Notre Dame

Midwest Classic

Farmington vs. Howell North, 4 p.m.

Farmington vs. Vianney, 6:30 p.m.

Soccer – 5 p.m.

Farmington at Perryville

Fredericktown at Windsor

Softball – 4 p.m.

Valle Catholic at Woodland

Track & Field – 4 p.m.

Old Settlement Invitational


College Baseball – 6 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder

College Softball – 2 p.m.

Three Rivers at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

West County at Valle Catholic

Salem at Potosi

Perryville at Arcadia Valley

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Poplar Bluff at Farmington

De Soto at North County

Potosi at Windsor

Soccer –

Festus at North County

Fredericktown at Perryville, 5 p.m.

Softball –

Bismarck at Arcadia Valley

Kingston at West County


College Baseball – 12 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder (DH)

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

North County at De Soto

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament


College Baseball – 12 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder

Baseball –

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament