By DOUG EADS
The Somerset Briar Jumpers raced out to a 19-2 lead after one quarter of play on Saturday night at The Briar Patch, and never looked back on their way to an impressive, 78-52 beatdown victory over visiting Barbourville.
Somerset got a game-high 22 points from Dylan Burton, while Kade Grundy added 18 points in the win, helping Jeron Dunbar’s crew to climb above the .500 mark for the season at 4-3.
“This was our most complete game we have played all year,” pointed out Dunbar after his club’s victory.
“We dominated the game from start to finish,” added the Somerset head coach. “The last couple of games we had gotten off to slow starts, so I challenged our guys to get off to a good start and keep their foot on the gas, and they did just that.”
Somerset — as the final score indicated — shot the lights out in this one against an out-manned Tigers club that lost for only the second time of the young season.
The Briar Jumpers hit on 12-21 three-point field goal attempts, led by Grundy who made four of seven attempts, while Burton finished a perfect three for three from downtown.
Chase Walker and Kaiya Sheron also hit for double figures with 10 points each in the win for the Briar Jumpers, as Somerset gained some much-needed momentum headed into the Clash of the Titans Tournament, which gets underway from Mercer County High School on Wednesday night, December 19th.
“It obviously helped us by hitting those 12 three’s, and I was very pleased with our defensive effort tonight,” stated Dunbar.
“When we guard like that and shoot the ball like we did tonight, we’re very hard to beat,” added the Briar Jumper coach.
Somerset will begin play in the Clash of the Titans event at Mercer County High School on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. taking on Shelby County.