No matter the outcome of Thursday night’s boys basketball game between Mercer and Burgin, the 46th District Tournament stage had been set. The Titans will face East Jessamine as either a two or three seed, while the Bulldogs will take on top seeded West Jessamine when post season play kicks off in February. But to say that the game didn’t matter, especially to the coaches, players and fans of the two teams would be a grave mistake.
After splitting games last season, Burgin looked to show they were still equal to their cross county, counterparts and get their first district win. The Titans on the other hand were looking to rebound after an 82-69 loss to West Jessamine a week earlier.
Mercer took control of the game early and a Russell Sims three point basket gave the Titans a 7-1 lead three minutes into the game. Burgin answered with a 6-0 run, tying the game at 7-all with 3:38 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs were able to pull off the run despite having their leading scorer and rebounder, Alex Beckerson, going to the bench with his third foul at the 4:08 mark.
Burgin was able to keep it close and trailed by just five points by the end of the period, 15-10.