Briar Jumpers pick up road win at McCreary Central

Somerset junior Jase Bruner is seen here bringing the ball up the floor in an earlier game this season at The Briar Patch. On Friday night, Bruner scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds at McCreary Central, as the Briar Jumpers picked up a 56-41 victory on the road.
Photo by David Rogers


STEARNS — It wasn’t pretty at times, and even head coach Jeron Dunbar admitted his club got out of the gate with a sluggish start, but all that mattered in the end was a win or a loss, and visiting Somerset came out with a victory on the road to move back over the .500 mark for the season.

Dakota Acey led the Briar Jumpers with 14 points, Chase Walker added 13 points, and Kade Grundy tallied 11, as Somerset improved its season record to 4-3 on the season winning its second game in a row, with a 58-41 win at McCreary Central.

“We got off to a slow start, and McCreary (Central) had a good game plan,” stated Dunbar after his team’s win.

“We weren’t hitting shots in the first half, but in the second half we had a better effort and began knocking some shots down,” continued the Somerset head coach. “Chase (Walker) got us going by hitting (three) three’s, and it was good to have Dakota Acey back with us tonight. We had missed his motor, and it’s always good to get a win on the road.”

Somerset — thanks to a slow start offensively — led the Raiders by only four points — 26-22 at the break — but took control of this one by outscoring McCreary Central 13-6 in the third quarter.

Thanks to limiting the Raiders to just those six points in that decisive frame, Somerset took a 39-28 lead into the fourth quarter, and basically never looked back in picking up its fourth win of the year.

“There are still things we need to improve on as a team, but like I’ve said before, this group will only get better,” Dunbar stated.

Somerset will return to action tonight at The Briar Patch, hosting Barbourville beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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