In their first meeting of the season on Jan. 10, it took Mercer County all four quarters and an overtime period at Spencer County, to prove they were the superior team winning, 96-85. In their rematch Thursday evening, on the Titan’s senior night, it took just one quarter for Mercer to make the same statement over the Bears.
“We played better defense tonight,” said Mercer Head Coach Brian Britt. “We still have a lot of things to work on, but we probably played better defense tonight than we had in the past two weeks. I think the better defense along with senior night and knowing it went into overtime at their place in what we felt like was a shady situation, all those things combined resulted in us coming out and doing what we had to do.”
After giving up a basket on the opening possession of the game, Mercer’s defense didn’t allow the Bears to score another field goal until 2:50 left in the first quarter. The Titans gave up just three field goals in the entire first quarter taking a 24-9 lead into the second period.
Mercer’s offense was equally impressive and efficient on the offensive end with half of their 16 first half field goals coming off an assist, taking a 44-30 lead into halftime.
“This was definitely our most complete game of the season,” said Britt. “This (Spencer County) is not a bad team. They’re big and long, they’ve got shooters and I feel like this team is very similar to Lincoln County.” Mercer ended the game with 27 made field goals and 16 assists and hit 75 percent of their free throws, 24 of 32.