The University City senior forward knocked down three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Lions rally from an early 15-point deficit and knock off Francis Howell 54-51 in overtime in a GAC/Suburban Challenge boys basketball game Tuesday night at Howell.
Ming said the win was special for the team to honor Lions coach Kelvin Lee, who turned 61 years old Monday.
“I'm real glad to have Coach Lee around. He's a really good coach,” Ming said. “Just trust his process and we are going to be successful.”
U-City, the No. 3 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings, is off to its first 6-0 start this century.
“I like the way my guys fight. They feed off my passion,” Lee said. “It was a big win for us tonight.”
Ming, Barry Thomas and Jalen Hampton each scored 12 points to lead the way for the Lions. The nine fourth quarter points by Ming and the eight points by Thomas after halftime were huge for U-City because leading scorer Hampton had just four points after halftime due to ongoing foul trouble.
“In my eyes, he's our best player,” Ming said. “So, whenever he's in trouble, we've got to have the team pick him up. When it's time to step in, you've got to do what you've got to do.”