Somerset picks up huge win; Southwestern falls to Larue County

By DOUG EADS

After falling to Beechwood on night two of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic on Friday night, Jeron Dunbar and the Somerset Briar Jumpers picked up arguably their biggest win of the season on Saturday night in their final game of the event.

Somerset got a game-high 27 points from Kade Grundy, Chase Walker tallied 22 points, Dakota Acey chipped in with 14, and Kaiya Sheron added 11 points, as the Briar Jumpers evened their record to 7-7 on the season with an impressive, 81-79 win over Madison Central.

The win over the Indians has to be arguably, Somerset’s biggest win of the season.



Madison Central came into this season ranked in the top 10 preseason in the state of Kentucky, and is a solid contender for the 11th Region title this year along with the likes of Scott County, and Lexington Christian Academy.

The Indians — led by Kentucky’s all-time leading shot blocker Isaiah Cozart — hit a three at the buzzer, but was still on the short end of an 81-79 margin.

Cozart was impressive, scoring 22 points on 11-15 shooting from the field, while adding 11 rebounds and coming up with five of his club’s six blocked shots.

But even that impressive line on the stat sheet would not be enough on Saturday night at The Briar Patch, against an improving Somerset ball club.

Somerset raced out on top of the Indians early on, and led at every stop along the way.

The Briar Jumpers led after one quarter of play 22-18, and extended that margin out to 43-38 by the intermission.

Somerset then added to that margin, leading Madison Central 64-56 through three quarters of play, before posting the 81-79 victory.

“This was a huge win for our program,” pointed out a very jubilant Dunbar after the contest.



“I am so proud of my guys for battling,” continued the Somerset head coach. “We have played a tough schedule so far, and we did that for a reason. I believe that will pay off in the end. We needed to win this game, break down some walls, and understand we are capable of beating anyone.”

Meanwhile over in Larue County on the final night of the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic, the Southwestern Warriors took on the host Hawks, and fell to 6-8 on the year, losing by a final score of 80-40.

For the game, the Warriors attempted only seven free throws, while Larue County tripled that, with 21 free throw attempts.

Larue County jumped out in front of the Warriors by a 17-7 score through the first quarter of play, and led Southwestern very comfortably at 39-15 by the intermission.

The tandem of Cole Dysinger and Brayden Sims once again led Southwestern in the loss, in a game that got out of hand in the opening half of play for the Warriors.

Sims led the Warriors with 12 points, and Dysinger added 11 points, joining him in double figures.

Both Sims and Dysinger were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Southwestern will return to action next Saturday, January 5th at 1:30 p.m. Chris Baker’s club will travel to Lincoln County High School to take on Kyle Rode and Lexington Christian Academy in The Patriot Classic.



Somerset meanwhile will return to the hardwood next Wednesday night, January 2nd, on the road at Rockcastle County in a 47th District contest.

Until then, Happy New Year everybody.



Cats own ‘Little Brother’

By DOUG EADS

I will be the first person to admit that when it comes to UK sports I am biased.

You see, I bleed blue and I am a very proud member of the BBN.

And, I have a very healthy hatred for Louisville — well, make that ‘LOSERVILLE’, or as former Kentucky basketball coach called the Cards, ‘Little Brother’.



And, today was just another chapter in the life of how my beloved Wildcats simply own Louisville.

After Tyler Herro’s game-high 24 points, and Keldon Johnson’s 15 points, and Ashton Hagans’ 11 point, three-assist performance, Kentucky walked away from the Yum Center with a 71-58 win over ‘Little Brother’.

And, it was sweet indeed.

The win gave the Cats a 36-16 lead in the all-time series against the Cards, and a 24-12 lead in what is known as ‘The Modern Era’ of the rivalry.

Remember, this series first began way back in 1913 with a 34-10 UK victory.

After 1959, the two teams did not play again until in the 1983 NCAA Elite Eight round in Knoxville in a game won in overtime by Louisville 80-68.

After that game, Louisville’s fan base started as you can imagine talking smack about how the Cards ‘owned” Kentucky, and they were the class of the state in hoops.

And, there were actually calls, make that screams, that Louisville wanted to play Kentucky every year. Heck, the state legislature even got involved, calling for the state’s two biggest university’s to play each and every year on the hardwood.



Well, be careful what you wish for. Since then, Kentucky has ‘owned’ this rivalry.

Case in point, the very next year after that UL win in ’83, Kentucky opened the 1983-’84 college basketball season in the return of Sam Bowie with a 65-44 win over the Cards. I was there — one of the loudest crowds I have ever heard in all my many, many games that I have watched inside the rafters of Rupp Arena.

Fast forward to the John Calipari era.

The current UK coach — with today’s 71-58 win — is now 10-2 as the Cats head coach against ‘Little Brother’, which includes wins at the Final Four in 2012 — UK’s last national championship.

Kentucky also upended the Cards in the 2014 NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by a final score of 74-69 on the Cats way to a national championship game appearance against UCONN.

Simply put, and not to repeat myself, the Wildcats own Louisville.

And, as the great Ric Flair always liked to say, ‘If you don’t like, learn to love it, because it’s the greatest thing going today…..WOOOOO!!!’.

And the thing that is going today is the fact that we as avid UK fans can relish in the moment that we own the Cards.



We are UK…..CATS, CATS, CATS.



Beechwood takes down Somerset; Jumpers fall to 6-7

In the days leading up to the 7th annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament hosted by Somerset, Briar Jumper head coach Jeron Dunbar talked about the tough road ahead for anybody taking on the Beechwood Tigers or Madison Central Indians.

On Friday night at The Briar Patch in the second round of the tourney, coach Dunbar proved to be prophetic.

Facing Beechwood, Somerset fell behind early and could never fully recover against the Tigers.

Beechwood’s Scotty Draud — son of former Vanderbilt standout Scott Draud — led the Tigers with 21 points, while teammate CJ Brannen added 18.



As a result, it was the Tigers dropping Somerset to 6-7 on the season with an 81-74 victory over the Briar Jumpers.

The Tigers were able to blow this one open in the second quarter, going up by their biggest lead of the game at 48-29 late in the first half. At one point in the game, Beechwood went on a 17-3 run, forcing Dunbar’s club to play from behind for much of the contest.

Coming out of the intermission, Somerset made a run at the Tigers, outscoring Beechwood 20-10 in the third quarter, going on a modest rally of its own.

Thanks to that flurry, Dunbar and crew only trailed at that juncture 60-53 to the Tigers headed into the final stanza, but could never fully overcome that first half, 19-point deficit.

Kade Grundy led Somerset with a game-high 32 points, and Jase Bruner added 15 points for the Briar Jumpers.

Dakota Acey also reached double figures for Somerset with 11 points, but the Jumpers could never get over the hump, falling below the .500 mark on the season with the loss at 6-7.

Somerset will try to bounce back tonight, playing on the final day of the event.



Warriors pick up win over Louisville Collegiate


By DOUG EADS

HODGENVILLE — The Southwestern Warriors snapped a two-game losing slide on Friday afternoon, moving to 6-7 on the season, with a 60-37 win over Louisville Collegiate on the second day of The Magnolia Bank Holiday  Classic at Larue County High School.

Chris Baker’s club blew open a close game beginning in the first half of play, by outscoring the Titans by a 35-14 margin over the second and third quarters to take complete control of the contest.

After only leading the Titans by a score of 12-9 after the first period, the Warriors extended that margin out to 16 points by the intermission at 30-14, and led Louisville Collegiate by a whopping 47-23 score at the end of the third stanza.



The Warriors got contributions from just about everybody, as Baker and crew had 10 players place their names in the scoring column in the win.

Southwestern was led by Cole Dysinger’s 15 points, while Brayden Sims and Hunter Coffey each added 10 points for the Warriors, who rebounded from a 63-56 loss to Bullitt Central the night before in the opening round of the tournament.

The Warriors will conclude play in the tournament tomorrow night taking on the host — Larue County — with tip off slated for 6:30 p.m.



Briar Jumpers snap losing streak with win over Cumberland County

Somerset’s Chase Walker scored a game-high 16 points on Thursday night against Cumberland County. Five Briar Jumpers scored in double figures, helping Jeron Dunbar’s club snap a three-game losing slide with an impressive, 81-47 win on the opening night of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers came into the opening night of the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament mired in a three-game losing slide.

On Thursday night at The Briar Patch taking on Cumberland County, Jeron Dunbar’s club got well, and got well in a hurry.

Chase Walker led a very balanced Somerset scoring attack with a game-high 16 points, and nine Jumpers in all put their name in the scoring column, as Dunbar and company notched an emphatic, 81-47 win over an outmanned Panthers club.



“This was a great bounce back game for us, because we needed a win,” stated a very happy coach Dunbar, after his team evened its season record to 6-6 on the season.

“We came out tonight and dominated from start to finish,” continued the Somerset head coach. “We took care of the ball and had a great defensive effort.”

Indeed, Somerset did just that.

The Briar Jumpers forced the Panthers into 22 turnovers for the contest, while only turning it over two times themselves, on a night when Dunbar’s club dished out 15 assists.

Somerset enjoyed a 19-3 run during the game, helping the Jumpers go up by as many as 36 points in the contest.

And, the Briar Jumpers got it done at the offensive end of the floor as well, hitting on 28-66 field goal attempts, for a very respectable 42.4 percent from the field, which was a huge factor in the purple and gold placing six players in double figures.

Besides Walker’s 16 points, Dylan Burton tallied 14 points in the win, Jase Bruner added 12 points, Kade Grundy and Kaiya Sheron each scored 11 points, and Dakota Acey had 10 points.

“Jase Bruner gave us a big game on the board with 16 rebounds — I’m just proud of my guys,” Dunbar pointed out.



“We have a huge game with a very good Beechwood team tomorrow,” added the SHS head coach. “Hopefully, we can regain our focus and put together another good showing.”

Beechwood won its first game of the tourney, with a hard-fought, 67-62 opening round win over Wayne County.



Warriors drop opener to Bullitt Central Cougars

Hunter Coffey (left), receives instructions from Southwestern head coach Chris Baker (right), in a game earlier this season. On Thursday night, Coffey scored 12 points, but the Warriors fell to Bullitt Central in the opening round of the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic 63-56 at Larue County High School.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

HODGENVILLE — After falling on the final night of the M & W Classic last Saturday night at The Wigwam, the Southwestern Warriors dropped their second game in a row on Thursday night, playing in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic at Larue County High School.

Cole Dysinger scored all 17 of his team-high points after the intermission, while point guard Hunter Coffey added 12 points, but it would not be enough as Chris Baker’s club fell to 5-7 on the year with a 63-56 loss to Bullitt Central.

The Cougars raced out to a 34-23 lead by halftime, and withstood a rally from Southwestern in the second half to hold on for the win.



Dysinger scored half of his club’s 14 points in the third quarter of play, while the Cougars struggled, only scoring six points in the frame.

At that juncture, the Warriors had cut the deficit down to only 40-37 headed into the fourth quarter, and while Dysinger would score 10 more points over the game’s final eight minutes, the Warriors could not overcome the deficit, getting outscored in the final frame by a 23-19 margin by Bullitt Central.

Southwestern will play its second game of the tourney on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., taking on Louisville Collegiate.



Scores from Saturday night tourney games, and upcoming events this week

By DOUG EADS

Hey everybody. Good Sunday afternoon.

First, I want to thank everyone for your overwhelming support and all the kind words that I have been given over the past two weeks since starting The Doug Out Sports Blog.

Readership continues to grow each day, and I want to thank each of you for your friendship and your encouragement since I began this venture. I have truly been humbled by the support I have been given, not only from the Somerset community, but quite honestly, from all across the state of Kentucky.



I would especially like to express my gratitude to Butch Bibb, who has been willing to put some of my stories on his blog — Big Blue Sports: All Things Kentucky. Thanks to Butch’s kindness, I have received way more coverage and recognition from my blog than I could have ever imagined.

I also want to thank all of my sponsors who took a leap of faith in me, and began advertising their respective businesses on The Doug Out Sports Blog. Thank each of you for the faith you have shown in me and this next chapter of my life.

With all of that being said, and today beginning the start of Christmas week, I realize that several of our local hoops teams will be playing in tournaments this week after Christmas.

Both of Somerset’s teams will be hosting the 7th annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic at The Briar Patch later this week beginning on Thursday, December 27th.

Pulaski County’s two squads will be playing in Florida later this week, while Southwestern’s boys will be taking part in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic at Larue County High School.

Meanwhile, the Southwestern Lady Warriors — the only local team left from our area that remains undefeated at 8-0 on the season — will travel way over to western Kentucky later this week to take part in the Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic.

As for me, I will not be able to be at any games this week, as I will be in Georgetown working at my mom’s house in getting ready to put it on the market.

My brother Jamie and I lost our mother due to an illness back in August, so I will be out of town this week helping him take care of some things that we need to get done before her house goes up for sale after the first of the year.



This will be a tough week for both of us and our extended family, as we miss our sweet mother dearly, but we will get through it together.

So, I will not be at any games this next week, but that doesn’t mean your favorite team will not get coverage on The Doug Out.

Feel free to send me scores, stat sheets, box scores — whatever you want — and I will be glad to put a brief story on each game to keep your fans informed of how your team is doing in all of these upcoming tournaments.

You can reach me at dougeads7@yahoo.com, and I will be glad to put scores and a brief summary of your team in every game they play each day.

Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and God bless you each and every one.

As for Saturday night’s scores featuring all our local teams, here they are:

BOYS

Pulaski County 67 — Spring Hill, Tennessee 51



Clay County 68 — Southwestern 54

Mercer County 84 — Somerset 78 OT

GIRLS

Southwestern 81 — Frederick Douglass 47

Pulaski County 62 — LCA 40