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.