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PARK HILLS – Sophomores Dmonta Harris and Bobby Parker each recorded 23 points to pace nine players who scored for the Mineral Area men’s basketball team against Lincoln Land on Monday.

Harris has been increasing his production in the post, and again provided a dominant presence on the boards to notch a game-high 13 rebounds in the 82-53 victory for the Cardinals.

Parker thrived at the head of numerous fast breaks. Mineral Area (15-4) started a scorching 4-of-5 from the field to generate a 10-2 lead during the first two minutes.

The Cardinals kept the ball moving around the perimeter, and converted at a high rate when going inside to help widen their advantage.

Parker finished off his second consecutive transition layup off steals midway through the first half as the lead ballooned to 25-5.

Jerrid Cosby sank a jumper to break an 11-minute stretch for Lincoln Land (8-7) without a basket, and made the score 27-7 with 8:30 on the clock. He ended with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Roman Young and Maurice Edwards blocked shots on back-to-back defensive trips about a minute later to help the Cardinals maintain a 20-point advantage nearing the break.

D'Aaron Owens and Jamie Ahale exchanged 3-pointers with 2:30 to play in the first half, and created a 33-18 spread. Owens scored seven straight points for the Loggers spanning a minute, and ended with 12.

Kevin Hamlet, who tallied six points and seven rebounds in the win, drained a pair of free throws with two seconds on the clock to put Mineral Area ahead 39-22 at halftime.

The Cardinals scored on three of their four generated turnovers during the opening minute of the second half to develop a quick 6-0 run.

Nic Hagel showcased an array of moves to notch 13 of his 15 points during the second half, but Mineral Area offset his offense with exceptional ball movement.

Parker and Edwards drilled consecutive 3-pointers with about five minutes remaining, and gave the Cardinals a 76-46 advantage.

Jacob Meinershagen capped scoring with a hook shot in the post on his lone basket with less than a minute to play, then recorded a steal on the other end before running out the clock.

Ahale finished with nine points on three shots from the perimeter, and Lance Singh added eight points in the win.

The Cardinals shot 11-of-12 from the foul line, while the Loggers ended 12-of-16 at the stripe.

Mineral Area will travel to battle Region 16 foe and 11th-ranked Moberly on Saturday.

The Lady Cardinals were scheduled to play Rend Lake prior to the men, but their contest was canceled.


Sports Reporter

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