Titans lock up No. 1 seed in district with win at Burgin

Titans def. Bulldogs 78-33

Mercer freshman Brayden Dunn (middle) leads the fast break against Burgin eighth grader Hunter Reed (right). (Photo by Arpan Dixit)

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff
sports@harrodsburgherald.com

The Burgin Bulldogs (14-7) hosted the Mercer County Titans (14-8) on Thursday, Jan. 31 in the final district matchup for both teams.

The Titans came away with the convincing 78-33 victory to secure the number one seed in the district tournament in a couple of weeks.

Mercer senior Carter Baughman was the top scorer for Mercer County with 17 points to go along with four assists and four steals.

Burgin senior Cameron Hurst led Burgin with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Titans started off the game on a 7-0 run, forcing Burgin Head Coach Don Irvine to call a timeout two minutes in.

The Bulldogs trailed 22-6 at the end of the first and 47-16 at halftime.

“We gave up too many turnovers that led to unguardable baskets,” said Irvine. “I think everybody on our team joined up and had a bad night. Give Mercer County a lot of credit for that. They obviously did something that bothered us and took advantage of that.”

Irvine simply said his team has to play better.

“We demanded they get better. We’re a better team than what we showed and we got two weeks to fix it,” he said. “We just demand that they play with a little more intensity and fight.”

One bright spot that Irvine talked about was freshman John Boursaw. He came off the bench, scoring four points, and made a couple key defensive plays in the second half.

“John (Boursaw) is starting to come around and be more consistent for us,” said Irvine. “We’re going to him a little more because we needed size. We need to him to rebound, but offensively, he’s really coming along to help us.”

Mercer junior Kaelin Drakeford continued his solid all-around play, scoring 10 points to go along with six rebounds. Senior Luke Dean also had a strong game, scoring 12 points with two block and two steals.

Head Coach Josh Hamlin talked about the victory.

“We came out with a really good focus. We played extremely unselfish and disciplined basketball,” he said. “A lot of guys contributed and we had good energy throughout the game.”

Despite the convincing victory, Hamlin talked about the importance of this game.

“This was an important game for us because it allowed us to play a game where the district tournament will be played. I was really happy with our mentality building off our previous two wins.”

Burgin will be back on the court today, Thursday, Feb. 7, as they host Cumberland Homeschool at 7 p.m.

Mercer County will be play again on Friday, Feb. 8, as they host Casey County, on senior night, at 7:30 p.m.

BURGIN SCORING: Cameron Hurst 10, Seth Martin 6, John Boursaw 4, Wesley Tyler 4, Hunter Reed 3, Ethan Kestler 3, Matthew Kirkpatrick 2, Hunter Martin 1.

MERCER SCORING: Carter Baughman 17, Luke Dean 12, Kaelin Drakeford 10, Trey Price 7, Kobie Wessling 6, Nathan Dunning 6, Jamisen Lewis 4, Brayden Dunn 4, Sam Baughman 3, Nathan Tatum 2, Isaiah Smith 2, Micah Cheek 2, Bryson Yeast 2.

PHOTOS BY ARPAN DIXIT:

Burgin eighth grader Hunter Reed (00) holds the ball up high looking for a cutting teammate against Mercer County on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Burgin senior Ethan Kestler (2) elevates for a jumper against Mercer County on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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