By DOUG EADS
It didn’t come easy, but the Somerset Briar Jumpers punched their ticket on Monday night to next week’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament, with a hard-fought, 78-67 win over Casey County in the opening round of the Boy’s 47th District Basektball Tournament at Pulaski County High School.
Jeron Dunbar’s club trailed the Rebels 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, but fought back to lead Casey County at the intermission 26-24.
Leading the Rebels 43-39 through three quarters of play, Somerset iced this one with a 35-28 fourth quarter, as both clubs put up points by the dozens over the game’s final eight minutes of play.
Kade Grundy led Somerset in the win with 28 points, while Kaiya Sheron added 25 points in the win, and Dylan Burton added a baker’s dozen.
Casey County got a game-high 29 points from senior guard Max Reyes, while Spencer Baird added 20 points.
Somerset — 16-13 on the season with the win — will move on to Wednesday night’s championship game, where the Jumpers will take on Pulaski County.
The Maroons survived in overtime in Monday night’s second game, holding back Rockcastle County in overtime, 72-70.