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Titans Defense Plays Key Role in Victory Over Bulldogs

Mercer County guard Jon Dunning, right, looked for an open teammate while being guarded by Burgin’s Tommy Lopresto, left, Friday night.

The Mercer County Titans forced 18 turnovers and held the Burgin Bulldogs to just 14.3 percent (4-28) shooting Friday night, as they won their 18th game of the season, 70-17. 

Mercer came storming out of the gates as both teams played their last regular season district game.

The Titans had scored 15 points before the Bulldogs got their first two on free-throws by Tommy Lopresto, with 3:12 left in the first quarter.

“The kids did a good job of guarding. We are trying to work on our defense because it is the most important thing,” said Mercer County Head Coach Josh Cook.

After Lopresto’s free-throws, Mercer County scored the final 10 points of the quarter and led 25-2 after one quarter.

“We were kind of settling there in the first quarter. We weren’t really attacking the rim,” said Burgin Head Coach Brian Kirk.

Burgin continued to struggle to get shots to fall at the start of the second quarter. They finally got their first field goal of the game with 5:43 left in the second quarter on a shot by Jordan Hurst to make the score 30-7 in favor of the Titans.

Check out this weeks Harrodsburg Herald for the rest of the story.

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