Fast Start Helps Titans to Easy 78-34 Victory over Shelby County

Mercer County senior Jackson Baughman finished with seven points in a win over Shelby County Tuesday night.

Mercer County junior Dylan James, left, finished with a team-high 18 points Tuesday night in a 78-34 victory.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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Mercer County Head Basketball Coach Josh Cook couldn’t have predicted a better start to the season than what took place Tuesday night, as his Titans jumped out to a 15-0 lead to help them cruise to an easy, 78-34, win over the visiting Shelby County Rockets.

“I was really pleased with the crowd, so I told our kids to feed off of that energy,” said Cook. “We just wanted the guys to bring energy tonight and give the fans something exciting to watch.”

The Titans led 15-0  five minutes into the game before Shelby County finally connected on a three-pointer.

“We are going to try to do a better job of getting out and making some plays defensively. I felt like we did that early in the game,” said Cook. “Last year we made a lot of silly fouls, but I feel like this year we are smart enough to play aggressively without fouling.”

Mercer outscored the Rockets, 11-4, over the final 3:05 of the first quarter taking a, 26-7, lead.

Dylan James led the way with nine points in the first quarter and went 3-of-4 from three-point range.

“I just came out and tried to find a rhythm,” said James.

While James did most of the work in the first quarter, it turned into the Trevon Faulkner show in the second period, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the quarter, helping the Titans to a, 54-13, halftime lead.

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