The Mercer County boy’s basketball program will host the Farmers National Bank Clash of the Titans Dec. 21-23.
Besides the Titans there will be seven other schools competing, which include: Danville, Lincoln County, Collins, Meade County, Bourbon County, Dixie Heights and Boyd County.
The Admirals entered this week with a record of 2-1, their only loss coming to the West Jessamine Colts of the 46th District.
Danville is led by senior Spencer McKinney, who was second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding last season.
Jeff Jackson has been the head coach at Lincoln County since 2003. In that time he has led the Patriots to the 12th Region Tournament 10 times, including two region titles.
Last season the Patriots fell to the Boyle County Rebels 48-46 in the 12th Region Championship game.
Although the Patriots lost their top five scorers, they do return junior guard Noah Young, who is averaging 17.8 ppg this season.
The Patriots entered this week with a 3-2 record.
The only team in the field who was represented in the KHSAA State Tournament last season is the Collins Titans.
Collins, who entered this week with a 2-3 record, lost their two leading scorers from last year. However, the Titans do return Jakson Test, who averaged 9.5 ppg last season.
Jason Tripure, who is in his second season as head coach of the Green Wave, led Meade County to the 3rd Region Championship last season, where they fell to eventual State Champion, Owensboro.
This season the Green Wave have started the season 6-0 and they return their four leading scorers from last seasons team, which finished 17-11.
The Colonels have struggled early this season, entering the week with a 1-5 record.
Last season, Bourbon County finished with a 9-20 record , but they advanced to the 10th Region Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Coach Ken Chevalier led his team to a 23-8 record last season, where they lost in the 9th Region Championship to Holmes.
Unfortunately for the Colonels they lost their four leading scorers to graduation.
This season they started the season 2-1.
Randy Anderson has been the head coach of the Lions since 2010 and last year he led them to their best record during his tenure, 22-7.
Boyd County returns second leading scorer, Bobby Anderson, who averaged 13.8 ppg and was 44 percent from 3-point range.
Entering the week the Lions had a 2-3 record and were led in scoring by Anderson at 21.2 ppg.
In Coach Josh Cook’s second season the Titans entered the week with a 5-0 record.
The Titans have four players averaging double-digits (Malik Dow, Will Hager, Trevon Faulkner and Dylan James).
Mercer finished 23-9 last season and fell to Lincoln County in the 12th Region semifinals.
“We’ve got a lot of really competitive teams in the tournament this year,” said Mercer County basketball coach Josh Cook. “There is not a better way to spend the holiday season than watching some great basketball.”
“We hope to have a great turnout all three days so that we can continue this tournament in the future.”