Mercer County junior Malik Dow sat out the first 1:22 of the Titan’s 46th District Tournament game against East Jessamine Tuesday night. While his impact on the game was delayed, it was not diminished, as he led Mercer to a 70-63 win and sent them to Friday nights 46th District Championship.
Dow, who has been a starter in almost all of Mercer County’s games, entered the game with the Titans trailing, 7-5. He scored the next eight points of the game to give the Titans a, 13-7, lead. He added three more points in the quarter to give him a total of 11 points, while helping Mercer County to a, 20-11, lead after one.
“I was still upset that East Jessamine beat us the last time we played. I was trying to make it a different story this time,” said Dow, who sat out with an injury in the Titan’s, 86-81, loss to the Jaguars on Jan. 30.
East Jessamine didn’t allow the Titans to get too far ahead in the second quarter as they narrowed Mercer’s lead to three points, 24-21, midway through the quarter.
The two teams traded baskets for most of the remaining four minutes of the first half, with the Titans leading, 32-27, at halftime.
The game stayed close for much of the third quarter, until the Titans finally seemed like they may run away with the game, building a 13 point lead, 49-36, with just under one minute remaining.
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