By DOUG EADS
DANVILLE — The Somerset Briar Jumpers — the number one seed for next week’s 47th District Basketball Tournament — closed out the regular season on Thursday night at arch-rival Danville.
And, despite the fact his club came up on the short end of the scoreboard on the final night before post season play gets underway, Somerset head coach Jeron Dunbar says he feels very good about his team headed into next week’s district tourney.
The visiting Briar Jumpers raced out to a 20-12 lead over Danville after one quarter of play on Thursday night, but the Ads — the 12th Region’s top team for much of the season via a won-loss record — would shoot 49 percent for the contest from the field, and rally for a 67-59 victory over Dunbar and crew.
Still, despite the loss that dropped Somerset to 15-13 on the year, Dunbar is a very confident coach heading into next week’s district tourney.
“This was a great regular season game for us going into tournament play,” stated Dunbar after the contest.
“Danville has been at the top of the region all year and we were right there with them,” Dunbar added. “I love the fight and improvement my guys have shown. We shot 32 percent and they shot 50 percent (from the field), and we were right there with them. I like where we are are at going into the district.”
Kade Grundy paced Somerset in the loss with a game-high 28 points, which included going 5-12 from behind the three-point line.
Dylan Burton also reached double figures for Somerset with 13 points in the setback.
The Briar Jumpers will face a stern test on the opening night of district play on Monday night.
Somerset will face an ever-improving Casey County team in the first round of the Boy’s 47th District Basketball Tournament, which will be hosted by Pulaski County High School.
The Jumpers and Rebels will get the tourney underway next Monday night from The PC Gym beginning at 6 p.m.