Thursday, January 29, 2015

Boyle County Opens "Rivalry Week" With Tough Road Win At Mercer County; Sets Up Friday Night Showdown With Lincoln County

Boyle County got past their first "rivalry" test of the week on Tuesday night with a tough 72-67 win at Mercer County.

The Rebels (16-5) overcame a tenacious road crowd and cold outside shooting to earn a solid victory in the closing minutes.

Leading 68-65 with just over 23 seconds to go, Josiah Robbins connected with Hagen Tyler on a long baseline out-of-bounds pass. Tyler broke free from a Mercer defender and sprinted to the basket for a powerful dunk that sealed the victory.

Tyler and Jeremiah Bell led the Rebels with 22 points each. Tyler also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Robbins chipped in 15 points.

Junior big man Colton Elkins was limited to 10 minutes of action and eventually left the game after a hard Mercer County foul on a dunk attempt. He contributed 3 points and 2 blocked shots.

Will Hager led the Titans (16-6) with a game-high 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Trevon Faulkner added 14 points and 7 boards. Jackson Baughman scored 12 points, all on three-pointers.

Malik Dow had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Mercer County but had to be carted off on a stretcher after suffering a concussion in the final quarter.

Mercer County heads to East Jessamine Friday night for a critical 46th District game.

The Rebels will host current 12th Region leader and nearby rival Lincoln County (17-2) tomorrow night.

Lincoln County defeated Boyle County 66-55 just two weeks ago in an incredibly intense game in Stanford.


- The atmosphere at Mercer County was fantastic. The game was not a sell out but there was a nice crowd and the students from both sides (and several other sides) were really into the game.

- I say several other sides because students from Garrard County, Lincoln County and Danville joined the Mercer County students in a cheering against Boyle County.

- Near the end of the game, Lincoln County's students chanted "see you Friday!" at the Rebels. Boyle County came back with "you are next!" One can only imagine that tomorrow night's game will be intense.

- As for basketball, I was really impressed with Tyler, Bell and Hager. All three are fantastic players who have a future at the next level. (Hager has already signed with NKU)

- Both teams have some very solid role players. Boyle's Josiah Robbins and Chapman Bean stood out in this game with several key plays and big time shots. For Mercer County, it was the outside shooting of Jackson Baughman (4-7 from long range).

- Looking for a young player to keep an eye on? Remember the name Trevon Faulkner. He has the potential to be one of the all-time greats at Mercer County.

- Alabama football commit Damien Harris was at the game Tuesday night. I'm told he has several friends on the Mercer County team.

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