PARK HILLS – The Mineral Area men’s basketball team had six players score in double figures during a dominant outing against Faith Prep on Wednesday.
Sophomore Bobby Parker recorded 15 of his game-high 23 points during the first half in a 114-59 victory for the Cardinals, who returned to action from a holiday hiatus spanning more than three weeks.
Lance Singh finished with 18 points, including four made shots from the perimeter. Dmonta Harris also added 18 in the win with a strong inside presence off the bench.
Zach Cameron excelled in the post to tally 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Mineral Area (13-3). Fellow big man Kevin Hamlet ended with 14 points plus seven rebounds.
Maurice Edwards shined in the second half to notch 12 of his 14 points, and Jamie Ahale scored nine points from behind the arc plus seven rebounds.
Faith Prep started well defensively to render Mineral Area scoreless over the first two minutes. However, the Cardinals gradually improved their transition offense to earn a 6-4 lead.
Singh widened the Mineral Area edge to 21-9 on his first 3-pointer with 11:15 remaining in the first half. Cameron corralled several misses midway through the first to aid a 13-0 run by the Cardinals.
Edwin Bailey paced Faith Prep with seven rebounds and added seven points. DJ Maxwell nailed two 3-pointers during the second half, and recorded a team-high nine points in the loss.
Parker stretched the margin to 29-9 on a pair of free throws, and later extended the lead to 43-13 after Singh assisted him for a transition finish by saving a bad pass near the sideline.
Mineral Area held a 49-13 advantage at the break behind strong defense and consistency from the foul line.
The Cardinals attacked the rim frequently to begin the second half, and quickly added onto their already sizable lead. Harris drove hard into the lane to finish a layup, and increased the margin to 100-41 with five minutes remaining in the game.
Mineral Area benefited by going 23-of-34 from the free-throw line, while Faith Prep finished 11-of-18.
Faith Prep maintained its aggression despite the late deficit, but was often hindered by poor passing. The Warriors committed 21 turnovers in the contest, and Mineral Area ended with 11.
The Cardinals will begin region play at home Saturday against Three Rivers. Mineral Area lost to the Raiders 71-70 during their previous meeting in the Region 16 tournament last March.
All three of last year's contests were decided by two points or less, including an 80-78 overtime victory for the Cardinals in Poplar Bluff, Mo.