The Mercer County boys basketball team finished the Berea Invitational Tournament with a 3-1 record after winning their final two games over Fleming County and Russell County.
After a tough loss to Harlan County the night before, the Titans knew they would have to play better in order to beat the Fleming County Panthers.
The Panthers may have come in with only a 4-5 record, but they were also a threat to beat any team on any given night.
Mercer County came out of the gate fast. Their two leading scorers, Will Hager and Trevon Faulkner, proved why they are two of the most talked about players in the 12th Region.
Hager had eight points in the opening quarter, while Faulkner had nine to give the Titans a 23-15 lead after just one quarter.
Fleming County wasn’t just going to lie down and give the Titans the victory, though.
The second quarter was controlled by the Panthers, thanks in large part to their three-point shooting. They hit four of their seven first-half three-pointers in the second quarter to help them tie the game at 35 as the teams headed into halftime.
The Titans knew they had to stop the Panthers from the three-point line if they wanted to win the game. That is exactly what they did.