Mercer County, with its sixth-straight victory of the season, climbed to 16-5 on the season and 5-0 in the conference. United slipped to 6-15 overall and 1-4 in the league.

MONMOUTH - Mercer County’s basketball team keeps coming at you like a prized fighter, throwing jab-after-jab with a senior-led team of defensive pressure and an explosive offense.
  Throw in a 6-foot-7 player (Jordan Metcalf) in the low post and the Golden Eagles cruised to a decisive 68-43 victory over United on Tuesday night in Lincoln Trail Conference action. 
  “I thought we came out and played a solid game,” said Mercer County coach Mike Jones, shortly after the win. “United did a good job of getting us off our game plan a little bit and a lot of credit goes to them on that. We kind of took care of things in the second half and put the game out of reach. That’s kind of how we like to do things.” 
  Sophomore Rashaun King led Mercer County with 15 points, Quiton King had 14 points, senior Anthony Ruggles had 11 points and senior Jaden Dellitt added 10. United junior Adam Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Brannock McVey had 9 points, and Ethan Chenault added 7 points and 4 rebounds. 
  Mercer County, with its sixth-straight victory of the season, climbed to 16-5 on the season and 5-0 in the conference. United slipped to 6-15 overall and 1-4 in the league.
  Jones, in his first year as the varsity coach at Mercer County, said he’s taking one game at a time this season and has already improved greatly from last year’s 17-15 overall record.
  The fourth quarter saw Mercer County’s Jordan Metcalf knock down a nice pull-up jumper off the glass. Jeff Garrett came off the bench with a jumper from the wing. Then, sophomore Cade Sharp and senior Andrew Fiser followed with back-to-back threes for a 66-37 Golden Eagles advantage. Junior Xavier Cortez’s 10-foot jumpshot from the wing capped off the scoring for the final score of 68-43.
  United coach Doug Dennison could not be reached for a comment.
  Mercer County jumped out to a decisive 16-4 lead in the first quarter, powered by back-to-back threes by senior Quinton King.
  The second quarter saw United junior Brannock McVey come alive on offense. He started it all off with a long three from the wing. Then, he got his own defensive rebound, drove the length of the court and pulled up for a 5-foot jumper. He scored his seventh point of the quarter on a 10-foot jumper to help cut the Golden Eagles lead to 23-16 with 4:20 left before halftime.
  United cut the lead to 30-24 in the third quarter on an Adam “AJ” Johnson putback.