The Mercer County Titans held the Woodford County Yellow Jackets to 40 points, 17 less than their average, and led the entire game Friday night as they beat the host 63-40.
The Titans came out strong to start the game, scoring the first six points, including a dunk by Malik Dow to start the scoring. “I thought Malik played an excellent all-around basketball game. I think he really matured as a player tonight. He looked like a veteran player out there on the floor, which is really good for our team,” said Mercer County Head Coach Josh Cook on Dow. Dow finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two assists.
With Mercer County leading 6-0, the Yellow Jackets finally got their first two points almost two minutes into the game. Woodford County scored the next basket just seconds later to cut the Titans lead to 6-4, but that was as close as they would get the entire night.
It was a night filled with lots of emotion. Woodford County mourned the loss of a student in a recent car accident and the Yellow Jackets never could seem to compose themselves after a 17-9 deficit one quarter into the game.
Woodford County was able to hang with Mercer County for most of the second quarter, trailing only 25-18 with just over three minutes left. The Titans dominated the final three minutes outscoring the Yellow Jackets 9-0, which included a buzzer-beating three-point shot from half court by freshman Trevon Faulkner.
Faulkner finished with a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior Will Hager added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists.
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