Carbondale's Manuel Cass takes on Paducah

In this report, Scott Powers covers the Carbondale vs. Paducah Tilghman (Ky.) game at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. While there Scott talked with future Blue Demon Manuel Cass and Carbondale head coach Jim Miller. Both talk about Cass' performance.

Manuel Cass isn't used to coming off the bench. He's always been a starter throughout his life.

So when he was disciplined for what was called a "practice situation" and didn't start in Saturday morning's game against Tilghman, it was something new for Cass.

He didn't let it affect him, though. He learned from his mistake, accepted his punishment and then dominated. Cass came off the bench to score 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and earned MVP game honors in the Terriers' 68-40 win.

"I wasn't going to let me not starting get me down," said Cass, a DePaul recruit. "It wasn't a big deal to me. I learned my lesson."

Cass had a helping hand from Joey Parker in the win. Parker, a transfer from Centralia, scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Carbondale coach Jim Miller was pleased to see Cass respond the way he did, but also glad to see Parker making an impact.

"He just brings a toughness," Miller said. "He just refuses to lose. It doesn't matter if it's a rebound, a loose ball, or he's looking for the assist. We need that right now. I like his on-court demeanor. As long as that is channeled in a positive way, which I think it has been, he's going to be an asset. Not only in today's game, but down the road as well."

Carbondale put the game out of reach early and led by double digits from the first quarter on.

With the Terriers looking so good, one fan turned to Carbondale assistant coach Michael Butler and asked why his team was playing at 9:30 a.m. and not 9:30 p.m. with the rest of the big-time names.

Cass felt a little disrespected of the early time, but Miller was glad to just be part of the event.

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