By DOUG EADS
The Somerset Briar Jumpers had to come from behind on Tuesday night in a pivotal district game against visiting Casey County, and Jeron Dunbar’s club did just that.
After falling behind the Rebels at The Briar Patch 28-26 at halftime, Somerset put this one away by outscoring Casey 29-20 in a decisive fourth quarter, to pull away for a hard-fought 75-64 victory.
Casey County took charge early, led by senior guard Max Reyes, who pouted in a game-high 35 points in the loss.
For the Briar Jumpers, Somerset evened its mark to 3-3 on the season, but more importantly, went to a perfect 2-0 against 47th District opponents.
As for Dunbar, the Somerset head coach said you can put him down as one of Reyes’ biggest fans.
“Reyes is the real deal — he’s the best player in the region,” pointed out the Briar Jumper head coach after the contest.
“This was a hard-fought game,” added Dunbar.
Kade Grundy continued his stellar play this season, as he led the Briar Jumpers with 22 points, while Kaiya Sherron chipped in with 17 points and Chase Walker added 13.
Somerset — now 3-3 on the season — will return to action on Friday night on the road at McCreary Central.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.