Mercer County Head Coach Josh Cook called a timeout less than three minutes into Friday night’s game with his team leading Burgin, 4-3, because he wasn’t happy with the way they were playing. He may want to remember what he said during that timeout to use for the future, because his team rolled the next 29 minutes, cruising to a 77-22 win over the Bulldogs.
“We made a few unforced turnovers early. I thought we were trying to play a little too unselfish at times, it was just a little sloppy,” said Cook. “But they regained their composure and played much better the rest of the game.”
Will Hager, who broke the Mercer County Titan scoring record held by Clay Cinnamon with 1,618 points, finished with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists all in the first half. Junior Dylan James also finished with 15 points to go along with five rebounds.
“Even since the merger, there has been a lot of great players come through Mercer, so it just means a lot to be mentioned in the same category with them,” said Hager.
“Will is a great player. From what I understand he is one of the best players to ever play in Mercer County, so he is very deserving of this,” said Cook. “Will has been willing to sacrifice whatever he needs for this basketball team and this achievement alone shows the type of work ethic he has.”
After Mercer’s timeout with 5:21 left in the first quarter, the Titans ended the opening quarter on a 22-4 run, leading 26-7 after one quarter.
The Titans extended their lead to 48-14 by halftime.
Despite his team’s large halftime lead, Cook wanted to make sure his team came out focused in the second half.
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