After meeting just eight days prior in the Titan’s Fort Harrod Classic holiday tournament, Mercer and Danville were back at it Saturday night, this time with the Admirals coming out on top, 64-56.
“I told my team before the game that I could care less what Danville’s record is,” said Mercer Head Coach Brian Britt. “They’re long, athletic, quick and on any given night they can beat anybody in this region. My biggest fear coming into the game was that we would get Danville’s best and if we weren’t ready for it we were going to get beat.”
After defeating Danville by 12 points in their first meeting, 59-47, Mercer got the Admirals best Saturday.
Blake Pennington took advantage of the Admirals 2-3 zone in the first quarter scoring 10 of the Titan’s 16 points in the period, including two three pointers giving Mercer a one point lead heading into the second quarter, 16-15.
Mercer wouldn’t add another three pointer until John Ingram hit one with 37 seconds left in the game scoring his first points of the game. The Titans as a team shot just 14 percent, 3 of 21, from behind the arch and were a combined 0 for 6 in the second and third quarter. Ingram did finish the game with a team high 10 assists, despite his low scoring total.
“He’s accepted the role of being a true point guard,” said Britt on Ingram’s performance. “He’s averaging seven or eight assists a game so now when he gets 10, 11, 12 assists a game, like I’m expecting him to, it’s about daily.”
One of Ingram’s assists came on the first play of the second quarter to Tommy Craig who was able to finish the shot despite being fouled, and his ensuing free throw gave Mercer a 19-15 lead.