Golden Eagles fall to Titans in semi-finals

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KNOXVILLE - On any level, you don't win too many games shooting 8-of-20 from the free-throw line. Especially, in the postseason.

But on Wednesday night, the Monmouth-Roseville boys basketball team did just that in a 60-54 victory over Mercer County at the Knoxville Regional.

The Titans victory was followed by Farmington's 64-34 vicitory over United to set up Friday's 7 p.m. championship game.

"I'll go out there right now in my suit and tie and make 8 out of 20," said Titans coach Chuck Grant. "That's ridiculous. We have to close better than that. I'll give our kids credit, though, as well as Mercer County was shooting it we came out and defended and got a hand in their face."

The entire game, it seemed like the the M-R offense got key buckets from three players - Dee Coleman (19 points), Braeden Wollbrink (17) and Josh Weber (13).

The Titans got in early foul trouble with Weber and James Rogers with two fouls apiece by halftime. Weber eventually fouled out with 50.6 seconds left in the game and his team commanding a 58-48 lead.

Mercer County's Ty Taylor had five threes en route to a team- high 15 points. Nichol's three in the second quarter gave the Golden Eagles a 26-25 lead.