It took an extra four minutes to get the job done, but the Mercer County Titans accomplished their mission of winning the 46th District Tournament Saturday night. The Titans downed the host West Jessamine Colts 54-51 in overtime to claim their first district title since 2011.
The game didn’t start as smooth for the Titans as it ended.
Mercer got behind 6-0 in the opening two minutes of the game, before freshman Trevon Faulkner finally put the Titans on the board with 5:21 remaining in the quarter.
“It is a tournament championship game and I’ve been telling our guys that it is going to be physical and you may get behind but you’ve just got to battle through it,” said Mercer County Head Coach Josh Cook.
The Titans trailed by only one point, 8-7, just a few minutes later, before the Colts closed out the quarter on a 10-4 run to lead 18-11.
Mercer stepped up the defense in the second quarter. West Jessamine jumped out to a 22-12 lead 1:50 into the quarter. They didn’t score again for the remaining 6:10 in the second quarter.
“I thought we responded great. We hit a few shots and attacked the zone, but what I was most impressed with was that our defense had some really good spells. It was our defense that got stops and that really helped boost our offense,” said Cook.
The Titans ended the half on an 11-0 run, although they didn’t score over the final 2:37.
Mercer led 23-22 at halftime.
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