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Mineral Area suffers Sunday setback

ST. LOUIS – The Mineral Area College Cardinals were all set to move up in the NJCAA rankings after defeating No. 3 Indian Hills in Saturday’s Rotary Classic, but Sunday’s game at Meramec College with the Highland Cougars in the Rawlings Shoot-out proved fatal to their chances. The Cougars, 8-0 and ranked No. 12, snatched away an 80-78 win to give themselves great chances of moving higher up in the polls.

The two teams were as evenly matched as possible. The game had over 15 lead changes with MAC holding the upper hand at half-time 39-38.

After being held scoreless in Saturday’s game, Curtis Muse led the Cardinals on Sunday with 21 points. Tony Webb scored 14 points and Darryl Butterfield and Rickey Claitt each had 10 points.

Whatever comes up in the rankings for the 10-2 Cardinals will stick for awhile, since MAC’s next game is on December 30 at the New Year’s Classic held at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. The Cardinals will play Wabash Valley

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