By DOUG EADS
MT. VERNON — The Somerset Briar Jumpers sit atop the standings of the 47th District this morning, thanks to remaining undefeated against district foes with a win on the road on Wednesday night.
Traveling to Rockcastle County last night — a team that Jeron Dunbar’s club had already beaten this season — the Briar Jumpers got a game-high 27 points from Jase Bruner, and Kade Grundy tallied 21 points, helping Somerset move over the .500 mark overall on the season at 8-7, but more importantly, the Briar Jumpers moved to 3-0 in district play with a hard-fought, 70-66 win over the Rockets.
Somerset led this one wire to wire and never trailed, however the Rockets were able to stay within striking distance for much of the game.
Somerset’s biggest lead on the night was at 13 points — 47-34 — but Rockcastle County was able to chip away going on a mini-spurt to end the third quarter, only trailing the Jumpers 50-42 headed into the final stanza.
But, the Rockets had no answer whatsoever last night for Bruner.
The Somerset junior forward was a load in the paint, hitting on 10-11 field goal attempts on his way to a huge night and his 27 points.
Grundy meanwhile connected on 9-14 from the field scoring 21 points, on a night when Dunbar’s club shot 52 percent from the field, hitting on 26 of 50 field goal attempts.
Chase Walker also hit for double figures in the win for the Jumpers with 10 points, giving Somerset its third win over its last four games.
The Briar Jumpers — 8-7 on the season and 3-0 in district play — will return to action on Friday night at Casey County in a girl/boy doubleheader.
That action will get underway from Liberty with the girl’s contest, set to tip off at 6 p.m.