ST. LOUIS — Even with three players out due to injuries or illness, the Mineral Area men’s basketball team still brought plenty of firepower after a timely week without competition.
The 14th-ranked Cardinals landed six players in double figures, and delivered a strong defensive effort throughout the second half to wallop Lewis & Clark 103-50 at the STLCC Shootout.
Marcus Watson Jr. netted 13 of his 21 points after intermission, and Mineral Area (12-0) drained nine 3-point shots while outscoring the Trailblazers 55-21in the second stanza.
Preston Turner notched 18 points, and Amarion Dickerson added 17 after throwing down four dunks in transition. The Cardinals led 48-29 at the break.
Doreante Tucker, Dawson Civil and Savon Sutton were not available for action, but MAC established a 24-14 lead after Turner followed a 3-pointer with a mid-range jumper.
Josh Meo tallied 12 of his 15 points in the first half. Jacob Howell produced 14 points within a seven-minute stretch while striking four times from the perimeter.
Tyler Smith chipped in 10 points off the bench. Mineral Area opened up a 58-30 advantage when two triples by Watson bookended a 3-pointer from Meo.
Turner attacked for a conventional 3-point play that sparked a closing 13-0 run.
The Cardinals will take their unbeaten record to Olney Central on Wednesday.
Byron Stampley Jr. shared game-high scoring honors with 21 points after hitting five shots from long range, and Joshua Dickens added 14 for Lewis & Clark (1-8).