The Mercer County Titans dominated from beginning until end Tuesday night as they rolled over the Boyle County Rebels 70-51, improving their record to 21-0.
Mercer County senior Will Hager led the way for the Titans with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“He does a great job of getting in the lane and when he does that it makes us a lot better,” said Mercer County Head Coach Josh Cook. “That is a credit to our other guys too, because they are knocking down shots, which forces the other teams defense to stretch out. When guys are making shots it just opens up the lane.”
Boyle County held a 4-2 lead early in the game, but that was the last hope they had as the Titans cruised the rest of the way.
The Titans shot 54 percent for the game, despite only going 2-13 from the three-point line.
“We struggled with our outside shooting, but the guys stayed positive when the shots weren’t going down and made up for it on defense,” said Cook.
“I thought our defense was really good, especially early on. Our guys were very active, which forced some turnovers and led to easy baskets.”
Cook said the third quarter stuck out most to him, as the Titans outscored the Rebels 21-10, giving them a 53-32 lead heading into the final quarter.
“We really came out with a lot of intensity in the third quarter,” said Cook.
The head coach also said that although many people see the Rebels as a rival, he thought his team did a good job controlling their emotions.
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