Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mercer County Continues to Roll Through the 12th Region, Working on Perfect Regular Season

Mercer County, which is No. 1 in several high school rankings, rolled by Boyle County 70-51 on the road last night.

The Rebels (12-4) were able to hang around in the first half but the Titans went on a run early in the third quarter and never looked back.

Will Hager led the Titans (21-0) with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Malik Dow added 13 points and 5 boards. Alijah Mink and Trevon Faulkner chipped in 12 points each.

Boyle County got 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots from Colton Elkins. Jason Alexander and Bryce Slone led the scoring with 11 points apiece.

Mercer County is now 8 wins away from a perfect regular season. The Titans figure to be challenged by Cordia on a neutral court (Feb. 13) and on the road at Southwestern (Feb. 18) in the regular season finale. A road game at Pulaski County (Feb. 2) could also be tricky.

Remaining Schedule:

Jan 28, 16 West Jessamine away 7:30 PM
Jan 29, 16 East Jessamine home 7:30 PM
Feb 2, 16 Pulaski County away 7:30 PM
Feb 6, 16 Lafayette away 8:00 PM Jock Sutherland
Feb 9, 16 Lincoln County home 7:30 PM
Feb 12, 16 Woodford County home 7:30 PM
Feb 13, 16 Cordia at Pulaski County 2:00 PM Don Marshall Ram 12th Region Shootout
Feb 18, 16 Southwestern away 7:30 PM

BC 9 13 10 19 - 51
MC 18 14 21 17 - 70

Some notes from last night:

- Mercer County's Will Hager is tough as nails. He's a kid who every coach would love to have on their team. He's going to be a good one at Colorado School of Mines

- Mercer County's Malik Dow played well in the first half. He showed a consistent outside jumper that I haven't seen from him in the past. In the second half, he struggled with foul problems (first foul early in the 3rd quarter, then picked up his 4th foul roughly 7 minutes later).

- Trevon Faulkner didn't have his best game last night but make no mistake, he is one of the top sophomores in Kentucky.

- The Titans continue to get consistent production from Dylan James, Alijah Mink and Drew Davis. Translation: many weapons and nearly impossible to stop them all.

- For Boyle County, Colton Elkins continues to be an outstanding big man. He was under constant duress last night but the future is bright for the Rebels' big man.

- I really like Boyle County's sophomore players: Jason Alexander, Bryce Slone and Will Bramel. Life will be different with Josiah Robbins and Elkins, but the cupboard isn't bare.

- I'm not saying high school officiating is inconsistent but when a player is fully suplexed during the middle of a game and there's no call, it leads to question marks.

- As always, the Mercer and Boyle student sections were great. Good, clean fun that can't be enjoyed at all in some places (looking at you Wisconsin).

- Former UK great Kyle Macy and longtime high school coach Wayne Breeden were checking out the action. After the game, I heard one of the most incredible Breeden stories ever told. Maybe the best coaching story ever told.

- My take on the Rebels: Boyle County has a legitimate chance to win the 45th District and pull off a few wins in the 12th Region tournament. I'm not convinced that head coach Steve Adams showed his full deck of cards last night and I expect him to pull out a few surprises come tournament time.

- My take on the Titans: Mercer County is a legitimate top 5 team in Kentucky. They will be thinking bigger picture come tournament time. The Titans have the tools to win the 12th Region tournament and make some noise at Rupp.

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