By DOUG EADS
LIBERTY –The Somerset Briar Jumpers have gotten off to a good start to the new year indeed.
Just two nights after picking up a district win on the road at Rockcastle County, Jeron Dunbar’s club traveled to Liberty on Friday night to square off against the Casey County Rebels in another 47th District clash, and thanks to sophomore Kade Grundy’s huge night, the Briar Jumpers made it 2-2 on the road in league play in a 48-hour period.
Grundy poured in a game-high 35 points, and Jase Bruner added 15, helping Somerset move to 9-7 overall on the season, and more importantly to 4-0 in the 47th District with a 72-56 win over the pesky Rebels.
“This was a big win for us,” stated coach Dunbar after the game.
“We went on the road in a hostile environment and controlled the game,” continued the Briar Jumpers head coach. “Kade (Grundy) got us going. He was tremendous tonight, and has been over the last few games.”
The game was knotted up at the end of one quarter of play at 11-11, but Somerset took firm control of this one thanks to a 17-6 score in the second frame.
That spurt by Dunbar’s club in the second period gave the Briar Jumpers a 28-17 lead at the intermission, and Somerset was in control from that point on.
Jase Bruner also had yet another solid game for Somerset, joining Grundy in double figures in the victory with 15 points — a performance that didn’t go unnoticed by the head coach.
“Jase has had some really good offensive performances of late,” Dunbar pointed out.
“We executed our offensive calls tonight, and I was very pleased with our defense,” added the Somerset coach. “We held them (Rebels) to 28 percent shooting from the field, and any time you can do that it’s a good night.”
With the win, Somerset will take all kinds of momentum into this Monday night’s clash at The Briar Patch in another crucial 47th District contest.
With a win on Monday, Dunbar and crew will all but put the final clamps on a number one-seed in the 47th District, when the Briar Jumpers host arch-rival Pulaski County.
The Maroons are 9-5 on the season, and thanks to Friday night’s 73-65 win over Rockcastle County, John Fraley’s club has a perfect, 2-0 mark in district play, so something’s got to give on Monday evening when these two district and regional contenders square off for the first of two meetings between the two this season.
Game time is set to get underway with the girl’s contest between the two schools beginning at 6 p.m.
You better plan on getting there early.