PARK HILLS – A multitude of 3-pointers widened the lead for the Mineral Area men’s basketball team Wednesday night against the Central Methodist junior varsity squad.
The Cardinals drained 22 shots from behind the arc, and had four players end in double figures to generate a 98-50 triumph over the Eagles.
Sophomore Tyler Kohl-Ross sank seven of his eight 3-pointers in the second half to notch a season-high 31 points for the Cardinals.
Mineral Area (27-2) fell 70-68 to Three Rivers on Saturday to suffer only its second loss of the season, and dropped to No. 11 in the NJCAA rankings.
Sophomore guard Lamar Morgan tallied all 21 of his points ofn seven long-distance shots. Darius Thompson posted 14 points, and Shawn Roundtree ended with 10.
Farmington graduate Jordan Ankrom scored the first basket of the game, and finished with 12 points for Central Methodist (1-12). Freshman Hayden Drace contributed eight points.
Mineral Area post players Mark Laros and Devin Thomas even began shooting 3-pointers late in the second half, but could not connect with any attempts.
The defensive pressure from the Cardinals provided a spark midway through the first half. The Eagles ended the period with 14 turnovers.
Roundtree picked the ball away for his third steal and found a trailing Zac Cuthbertson in transition, who completed the layup to increase the Mineral Area lead to double-digits at 22-11.
Central Methodist went more than five minutes without scoring until freshman Garan Evans tapped in a floater off the glass with four minutes left before halftime.
Freshman guard Peyton Osborn made his first shot from long range to narrow the deficit to 29-16 on the ensuing possession.
Roundtree and Morgan dropped in back-to-back long-range shots with 48 seconds on the clock to increase the Mineral Area advantage to 40-22 at the break.
Thompson and Roundtree each sank 3-pointers on the opening two trips of the second half for the Cardinals, giving them a 46-24 edge.
Mineral Area continued firing away with the healthy advantage. Cuthbertson slammed down a lob from Thompson, resulting in a 53-26 lead.
Kohl-Ross found his rhythm with just under ten minutes remaining, and drained four consecutive threes to widen the gap to 81-39.
The Cardinals' post defense denied nearly all inside passes and shot attempts from Central Methodist throughout the game.
Freshman Justin Storey capped off the night for Mineral Area by hammering a one-handed dunk through with 20 seconds to play.
The Cardinals play Region 16 opponent Sate Fair on Saturday for Homecoming in the regular-season finale.