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WARRIORS IMPRESSIVE IN SEASON DEBUT

December 4, 2019 8:46 AM

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Warriors tipped off the 2019-’20 high school basketball season in big-time fashion on Tuesday night, rolling to an impressive 94-71 win over the visiting Central Kentucky Home School team.

Southwestern all but put this one away in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors from Lexington 27-9 in the frame, to take a 49-24 lead into the intermission.



Cole Dysinger led the Warriors with a game-high 29 points, while Brayden Sims chipped in with 18 points, and Hunter Coffey, Jon Wood, and Andrew Jones all hit for double figures with 10 points each.

Dysinger — on his way to a 29-point night — led the Warriors with six made three-point baskets, while the Warriors as a team were impressive from the charity stripe, hitting on 11-12 free throw attempts.

Southwestern will return to action on Thursday night at The Wigwam hosting the Casey County Rebels at 7:30 p.m.


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SOMERSET TAKES DOWN RUSSELL COUNTY IN SEASON OPENER

December 4, 2019 8:18 AM

By DOUG EADS

With several key starters still out due to playing on Somerset’s football team preparing for a Class 2 A state title game later this week, Briar Jumper head basketball coach Jeron Dunbar went into Tuesday night’s season opener with a depleted roster.

Yet, Dunbar and Somerset — thanks to a huge fourth quarter — was able to prevail against visiting Russell County in the season opener, taking down the Lakers at the Briar Patch by a final count of 66-50.

This was a back and forth game for three quarters of play, with the Lakers leading Somerset 38-37 going into the final frame.



In that fourth quarter however, the Briar Jumpers were able to put their foot on the gas leaving the Lakers in their rear-view mirror.

Somerset exploded in the final stanza, outscoring Russell County 29-12 over the game’s final eight minutes, on its way to an impressive 16-point win, with guys like Kade Grundy, Kaiya Sheron, and Jase Bruner — to name just a few — still wearing shoulder pads for at least a few more days.

That made the season-opening win pretty impressive indeed for a Somerset team that was forced to play some new faces for the very first time in a varsity basketball game.

“This was a great first win for us,” pointed out Dunbar immediately following the game.

“Our guys competed every step of the way,” added the Somerset head coach. “We were short handed, so we had to manage the game closer with our foul situation.”

Somerset got a big-time performance from Dylan Burton, who led Somerset with a game-high 32 points in the win.

Colton Correll joined Burton in double figures, coming off the Somerset bench to add 10 points, on the strength of hitting both of his attempts from behind the three-point line.

“Dylan was great — he put us on his back and made big time plays,” stated Dunbar.



“It was the first varsity experience for a lot of guys,” Dunbar added. “Colton Correll came up big off the bench and knocked down a couple of three’s. The bottom line is that we competed and found a way to win. I am very proud of my guys.”

Somerset — 1-0 on the young season — will return to action next Tuesday night facing Boyle County at The Briar Patch at 7:30 p.m.


LADY MAROONS OPEN SEASON ON THE ROAD WITH WIN AT ADAIR COUNTY

December 3, 2019 11:08 AM

By DOUG EADS

Head coach Chris Adkins and the Pulaski County Lady Maroons got off to a good start to the 2019-’20 high school basketball season on Monday night, by going on the road and earning a tough win at Adair County by a final count of 50-36.

PC got out to a 25-20 lead at the intermission, and was able to pull away in the second half.

Haylee Ridner scored 8 of her 11 points in the second half, while Heidi Thompson tallied 6 of her 8 points after the intermission as well.

Ridner along with Caroline Oakes, each hit three-point baskets in the fourth period to help PC stay in control of the game and ice it away.



The Lady Maroons — now 1-0 on the year — will return to action in their home opener on Thursday night at The PC Gym, hosting the Lady Redhounds of Corbin at 7:30 p.m.


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TIGERS MAIL ONE IN, FALL TO JOHNSON UNIVERSITY, 112-74

December 3, 2019 7:57 AM

Campbellsville-Somerset University head basketball coach Al Gover was not all smiles on Monday night, after watching his club fall 112-74 to Johnson University in a very lackluster effort.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Coming out of the Thanksgiving break, Campbellsville-Somerset University head basketball coach Al Gover was looking for his club to get back on track on Monday night, hosting a very good Johnson University team out of Knoxville,Tennessee.

Unfortunately,after 40 minutes of hoops on Monday evening at Somerset Christian School, the Tigers head coach didn’t have a whole lot to be thankful for after witnessing his club’s performance against the visiting Royals.

In fact, the numbers in this one was down right ugly for CU-Somerset.

Johnson University shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game, hitting on 41-75 field goal attempts, which included going over 50 percent – 16-30 — from behind the three-point line.

Meanwhile,the Tigers shot under 40 percent from the field, hitting on 32-86 field goal attempts, made an abysmal 4-14 from the free throw line, and were guilty of 23 turnovers on the night.



In all, it added up to a 112-74 blowout loss for CU-Somerset, dropping Gover and crew to 3-7 on the season and the Tigers head man was not a happy camper afterwards as one might imagine.

“That’s a very good team we just played, there’s no doubt, but I’m very disappointed in our energy level tonight and the enthusiasm that our kids played with,”lamented Gover after his team’s latest loss.

“When you can’t play hard as a basketball player and give it your all, something’s wrong, and you probably need to look into a mirror,” Gover added.

In a sign of things to come, the Royals scored the first 10 points of the contest before the Tigers ever saw a ball go through the hoop.

And, despite righting the ship albeit momentarily in cutting the deficit to 17-14 early on, this was not going to be the Tigers night.

Johnson University, shooting a blistering plus-50 percent from the field for the entire night, went on a 9-0 run after CU-Somerset had trimmed the deficit down to only three points to take a 29-14 lead over the Tigers, and were never really threatened again.

Behind the 15 first half points from the Royals’ Cody Jones and 11 from Gavin Grubb, the Tigers found themselves in a big-time hole at the intermission, trailing in this one by 20 points at 58-38.

In the second half, things didn’t get any better for coach Gover and the Tigers.



CU-Somerset trimmed the deficit down to 14 points early in the second frame, trailing the Royals at 60-46, but Johnson University went on another run, this time a 20-4 spurt, to ice this one away by leading 80-50 at the midway point of the second half.

And, it was turnovers, lack of execution at the offensive end, and a lack of hustle and effort that was the demise for the Tigers on this night – all things that didn’t go unnoticed by the head coach.

“The one thing we talked to our kids at halftime about and after the game was that I’m not going to continue to work as hard as we do if a kid is not receptive to coaching,” stated Gover very matter of factly.

“We’ll just put you on the back burner and find someone who is coachable,” added the Tigers head coach. “For the most part, most of these kids are coachable, but some of them are really going to have to work on that.”

TC Wright led the Tigers in the loss with a team-high 22 points, while Deion Finnison joined him in double figures with 16 points.

CU-Somerset will return to action on Sunday afternoon at Pulaski County High School, taking on Great Lakes Christian College at 3:30 p.m.


TIGERS ROAR, BLOW OUT CROWN COLLEGE

November 26, 2019 11:19 AM

CU-Somerset’s Antwan Hurt came off the Tigers bench on Monday night and played a solid game. Hurt hit four of six field goal attempts, scoring nine points and dishing out five assists, in helping lead coach Al Gover’s club to an impressive, 117-84 win over Crown College.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS



Coming off a 31-point loss over the weekend at West Virginia Tech, the Campbellsville University-Somerset Tigers got well and got well in a hurry on Monday night at Somerset Christian School.

Al Gover’s club coming into the game with a 2-5 record, hosted Crown College out of Powell, Tennessee and rebounded big-time while making an emphatic statement.

CU-Somerset put six players in double figures, had 10 players to score, dished out 32 assists, and shot 52.2 percent from the field for the game, on its way to an impressive, 117-84 win over the Crusaders.

“We’ve been preaching to our guys as far assists go that we need at least 20 per game, and we had 14 tonight at halftime, however the problem was, we also had 14 turnovers,” stated Gover immediately following the game.

“At least we were looking for each other tonight, and did a better job of doing that,” continued the Tigers head coach. “We’ve come a ways as far as trying to play together, and we’re sharing the ball more. We’ve got some more to do, and defensively, we need to get better and take some pride in stopping people.”

In a high-scoring affair, about the only thing the Tigers didn’t do well early was protect the basketball, turning the ball over 14 times in the opening half of play.

Still, even with that, CU-Somerset led Crown College by a 56-42 margin at the intermission.

In the second half, that’s when the Tigers put this one away and put things on cruise control, and everybody got in on the act for Gover’s club.

Somerset only turned the ball over three times over the final 20 minutes of play, while dishing out 18 assists in the frame.

The Tigers dished out a season-high 32 assists in the game, led by center Deion Finnison who tallied seven assists in the contest for CU-Somerset.

Geordan Reed tried to keep the Crusaders in this one by scoring a game-high 32 points, but Gover and crew had too much fire power for Crown to get back into this one.

The Tigers placed six players in double figures, led by TJ Owes who scored 17 points in the win for CU-Somerset.

Kenyan McKee tallied 16 points, Trevon Cooper scored 15 points, Finnison and Kevin Cofer each added 14 points, and Malik Lovan notched 11 points on a night when CU-Somerset made 47-90 field goal attempts for 52.2 percent, while dishing out those 32 assists.

“We had six guys in double figures, and we did a great job of sharing the basketball with each other tonight,” pointed out Gover.

“We played against a lot of two-three zone tonight which we don’t see very often, and we had been working some against that, but we have some more work to do in that area as well,” Gover added.”Our kids knew what to do, but we did get stagnant at times. Any win is a good win, and we’ll take it and go to K-State (Kentucky State) tomorrow and see if we can get another one.

The Tigers returned to action on Tuesday afternoon at Kentucky State, and will return home next Monday night, December 2nd at Somerset Christian School to face Johnson Bible College at 7:30 p.m.

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TIGERS FALL AT WEST VIRGINIA TECH

November 25, 2019 11:25 AM

By DOUG EADS

The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers — coming off an impressive win earlier last week over Welch College — got back at it over the weekend, playing on the road at West Virginia Tech.

Al Gover’s club — coming in as an underdog in this one — hung tough with the home team in the opening half, but thanks to Tech’s ability to hit from downtown, it was the Tigers falling to 2-5 on the season with a 101-70 setback to the Golden Bears.

Early on, the Tigers were able to stay within striking distance, only trailing Tech in this one 47-38 at the intermission.

However in the second half, the Golden Bears put their foot on the gas pedal and pulled away from Somerset.

For the game, West Virginia Tech outscored CU-Somerset 30-12 from behind the three-point line, hitting 10-27 field goal attempts from downtown.

Meanwhile, the Golden Bears outscored Gover’s club from the free throw line 17-8, and outrebounded the Tigers 45-33.

And, it all added up to a 101-70 loss for the Tigers, dropping CU-Somerset to 2-5 on the season.

CU-Somerset put three players in double figures in the loss, led by Keelan Kennedy who tallied 11 points.

Antwan Hurt and Kevin Cofer each chipped in with 10 points in the loss for the Tigers.

CU-Somerset will return to action tonight at Somerset Christian College, hosting Crown College at 7:30 p.m.

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SOMERSET TOPS EAST JESSAMINE: REXROAT ERA BEGINS WITH A ‘W’

December 3, 2019 10:56 AM

By DOUG EADS

The Casey Rexroat era tipped off on Monday night at the Briar Patch, and the first year head coach of the Somerset Lady Jumpers got his first win at the helm of the program.

The Lady Jumpers were led by Ashley Holt with 16 points, while Lauren Foutch chipped in with 15 points, on a night when at times, the game was very ugly on both ends of the court for both teams.

“It was a very ugly first half, with neither team able to get in a flow offensively,” stated Rexroat immediately after the game.

“We missed a lot of looks inside in the first half,” Rexroat added. “Our lack of finishing made the game much closer than it should have been. We missed free throws throughout the game, but we made them down the stretch.”

In a very low-scoring affair in the first half, the Lady Jumpers led East Jessamine at the intermission 17-13, but picked things up in the second half of play.

And it was Holt who was the catalyst for Somerset, scoring 12 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, helping the Lady Jumpers stretch out the lead to double figures.

“Addi Bowling helped control ball offensively, while Ashley Holt was our main offensive threat through the first three quarters tonight,” pointed out Rexroat. “Then Madison Garland and Lauren Foutch took over and were clutch at the free throw line down the stretch.”

Somerset now 1-0 on the young season will return to action on Friday night at The Briar Patch with a game against Madison Southern.


WARRIORS RUN ENDS AT FREDERICK DOUGLASS

By DOUG EADS

Southwestern had won five games in a row headed into Friday night’s third round Class 5 A playoff game at Frederick Douglass, but the undefeated Broncos proved to the Warriors why they are indeed one of the favorites to win a state championship this season.

Quarterback Josh McClurg threw for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while running back Darius Neal scored on a pair of TD runs, in helping lead the undefeated Broncos to a 44-8 win over the Warriors.

Frederick Douglass — 13-0 on the season with Friday’s win — put this one away early, exploding for 16 points just over three minutes into the contest.

Neal scored his first touchdown of the night on the first play from scrimmage for the Broncos on a 30-yard run.

After that score, the Broncos executed an onside kick to perfection, and got the ball again.

Moments later, Neal raced into the end zone for a 16-yard score, and with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter, it was the Broncos already leading the Warriors 16-0.

Southwestern trailed in this game 30-0 at the intermission, and after Douglass scored on its first possession of the third period on a 49-yard scoring toss from McClurg to Ty Bryant, the Broncos led this one 37-0 and had the Warriors on the short end of a running clock.

Southwestern finally got on the board thanks to a 60-yard run for a TD by Tanner Wright, but by this time, the issue had long been decided.

With the loss, Southwestern finished the season at 7-6 on the year, which was a remarkable feat, considering that late in the year the Warriors were sitting at 2-5 on the season, before Jason Foley’s club went on that five-game winning streak.

Frederick Douglass meanwhile moves on to the Semi State round of the Class 5 A playoffs, hosting Owensboro this Friday night.


TIGERS TAKE DOWN WELCH COLLEGE, 88-78

November 20, 2019 9:46 AM

Campbellsville-Somerset’s Malik Lovan was all smiles on Tuesday night, after he led the Tigers along with teammate Keelan Kennedy by scoring 21 points. And, thanks to a great performance, Al Gover’s club won its second game of the season with an 88-78 win over Welch College.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Coming into Tuesday night’s game at Somerset Christian School, only one thing was for certain — Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers needed a win.

Once again playing without four starters, Gover and crew was short-handed against visiting Welch College, but unlike last Saturday’s loss at Berea — a game the Tigers led by 12 at the intermission — Gover’s club put two good halves together.

Malik Lovan and Keelan Kennedy each scored 21 points to the lead the Tigers in this one, while helping CU-Somerset shoot a very respectable 47.9 percent for the game by hitting 35-73 field goal attempts.

As a result, it was Somerset getting a win it desperately needed with a hard-fought, 88-78 win over the visiting Flames.

“This was a much-needed win because we had lost three or four in a row,” pointed out coach Gover immediately following the game.

“When you come home you’ve got to protect your court,” continued the CU-Somerset head coach. “We had some lapses at times, but again we were a little shorthanded tonight, but the guys we had out there played hard enough to help us get a win.”

Somerset raced out to a very quick lead in this one, on top of Welch College 24-13 with about eight minutes gone by, but the Flames would rally.

Behind the long-range shooting of Spencer Smith who hit six three’s in the game for the Flames, Greg Fawbush’s club tried to fight to get off the mat.

The Flames trimmed that early deficit down to three points, but the Tigers would then get things going once again, holding the lead at the intermission over Welch at 49-43.

In the second frame, once again the Tigers built up a double-digit advantage, and once again the Flames would rally.

CU-Somerset would go up by a dozen points at 55-43 early in the second half, but the Flames would close that deficit down to 63-58 moments later.

Late in the game, after falling behind by double figures once again, the Flames were able to stay within striking distance of Somerset, thanks to hitting 13-31 from behind the three-point line.

With 1:54 remaining in the game, the Tigers were clinging to just a six point lead at 82-76, but a mini, 6-0 spurt late helped Gover and crew finally put the Flames away in this one.

Lovan scored on a nice move into the paint to extend the lead at 84-76, and then AJ Thomas and Antwan Hurt scored on back to back layups after a pair of steals, and that sealed the win for a Campbellsville-Somerset team that improved to 2-4 on the year with the win.

“We played hard enough and together enough to pull out the victory, and anytime you get a win that is very pleasing for sure,” stated Gover.

“I tell the kids all the time that I would rather see stats all across the board than just points scored,” added Gover. “AJ (Thomas) had 14 points tonight and 13 rebounds, and he dished out five assists, and if everybody is doing that by filling up the stat sheet, we’re a much better team. We’ve be really preaching to the guys that this is not about ‘me’, but it’s about ‘we’,and I think that is starting to sink in with some of them.”

The Tigers — 2-4 on the season — will return to action on Saturday, traveling to West Virginia Tech.

Campbellsville-Somerset will return home next Monday night at Somerset Christian School to face Crown College at 7:30 p.m.

WC– 43 35 — 78

CU-S– 49 39 — 88

WELCH COLLEGE — Smith 26, Ward 12, Brown 8, Rumph 8, Mitchell 8, Barnett 5, Pelleaux 4, Alameda 3, Justice 2, Charlton 2.

CU-SOMERSET– Lovan 21, Kennedy 21, Thomas 14, Owes 10, Hurt 8, McKee 6, Cofer 4, Knowles 2, Johnson 2.


DESPITE A VALIANT EFFORT, TIGERS FALL SHORT AT BEREA COLLEGE

November 17, 2019 4:22 PM

Campbellsville-Somerset University point guard AJ Thomas scored 10 points and dished out a team-high five assists on Saturday night at Berea College, however the Mountaineers rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to take down Al Gover’s Tigers by a final score of 82-71.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

On Saturday night, the 1-3 Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers had three starters in street clothes.

That didn’t matter.

On Saturday night at Berea College, the Tigers were the Mountaineers homecoming opponent.

That didn’t matter.

What did matter was the fact that Al Gover’s club– with a young and depleted roster — rolled into Berea and punched the Mountaineers in the mouth from the get-go.

Freshman guard TC Wright scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half, while sophomore wing Keelan Kennedy tallied 10 of his team-high 21 points in the opening half of play, and as a result, it was CU-Somerset owning a 12-point lead over Berea the break by a 39-27 margin.

However, that euphoric feeling would not last.

The Mountaineers exploded for 55 points in the second frame, hitting 7-12 attempts from behind the three-point arc, and as a result, it was Berea roaring back to post an 82-71 win over Al Gover and company, dropping the Tigers to 1-4 on the young season.

“Berea played much better in the second half,and I also think that defensively, we were just not near as good in the second half to go along with that,” lamented coach Gover, after his team fell to 1-4 with the loss.

“No excuses, we just didn’t get it done in the second half,” Gover added. “In the first half, I thought we were pretty impressive at both ends of the floor. In the second half, it was just kind of the opposite. You have to put two halves together at this level if you expect to get a win, especially on the road against a good program like Berea.”

In that first half, the Tigers — again playing without Titus Ransom, Deion Finnison, and Meith Reclow — took it right at Berea.

Wright hurt the Mountaineers with his quickness,seemingly getting to the hoop down in the paint at any time he wanted to for layup after layup.

CU-Somerset shot the ball at a very respectable clip in that opening half of play, hitting on 17-41 field goal attempts for 41.5 percent.

In the second frame however when Berea was seemingly everything the Mountaineers threw up at the hoop, the Tigers went cold; ice-cold.

CU-Somerset made only 1-16 from the field in the second half from behind the three-point line, and for the game, the Tigers were only 4-31 from downtown for an ice-cold 12.9 percent.

Berea meanwhile was 11-23 from behind the three-point arc for the contest, and that was basically the difference in the game.

“We’re definitely a better shooting team than what we showed tonight,” pointed out Gover.

“We’ve got some work to do when teams play a zone against us, and honestly we don’t see a lot of zone,” added the CU-Somerset head coach. “We were stagnant in the second half, we weren’t moving, and we didn’t get the screens set that we needed to set.”

“We just kind of stood around at there in the second half and passed the ball around on the perimeter, and we didn’t use the short corner or the middle, so we’ve got some work to do,” Gover stated.

Kennedy led the Tigers with 21 points, while Wright added 19 points in the loss.

AJ Thomas meanwhile played a solid floor game with 10 points and a team-best 5 assists, while Malik Lovan came off the CU-Somerset bench to tally 12 points, before leaving late in the game due to an apparent shoulder injury — just what the Tigers — already playing short-handed, needed at this juncture of the season.

CU-Somerset — now 1-4 on the season — will return to action this Tuesday night, November 19th for a home game at Somerset Christian School against Welch College out of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Admission is free, and tip off is slated for 7:30p.m.