QUINCY, Ill. – Freshman Jamie Ahale paced a potent Mineral Area offense by hitting eight 3-pointers, and recorded 26 points on Monday evening against the Quincy junior varsity basketball team.
Ahale converted the first shot of the game, and tallied the first 12 points exclusively from behind the arc for the Cardinals in a 110-63 victory.
Maurice Edwards scored his first basket for Mineral Area (3-1) less than eight minutes into the first half, and contributed 20 points toward the win.
Local freshmen Dalton Whitley and Jacob Meinershagen each notched their first collegiate field goals during the second half.
Whitley, from Potosi, drained a 3-pointer with about 12 minutes remaining in the contest, and West County graduate Meinershagen dropped in a floater on the next possession for an 86-40 lead.
Whitley struck again from the perimeter to finish with eight points, and Meinershagen recorded six.
Bobby Parker was the second to score for the Cardinals on a fast-break layup in the first half, and had 12 points on the night. Lance Singh also notched 12 in his highest-scoring performance of the early season.
Deshawn Marshall led the attack for Quincy with 14 points. The Hawks created their majority of points on drives to the basket, as their outside jumpers missed at a high rate.
The Cardinals generated four transition dunks within a span of five possessions to lead 35-15 with eight minutes left in the first half.
Mineral Area continued to roll nearing the break, and Ahale added his sixth and seventh 3-pointers to take a 56-33 advantage at intermission.
Ahale’s final three was drained early in the second half during an opening 9-0 spurt by the Cardinals.
Roman Young was scoreless through the first half after netting 30 points last Wednesday against SW Illinois, instead distributing the ball to teammates.
Mineral Area earned a 101-54 advantage with four minutes remaining after Edwards finished a fast break with a slam.
Whitley capped the scoring with a left-handed finish on a drive. The Cardinals will host Lang Prep in the Bob Sechrest Classic on Friday.