By DOUG EADS
Tuesday night marked the debut of projected Somerset starters — Kade Grundy, Jase Bruner, and Kaiya Sheron — in the Briar Jumpers second basketball game of the season.
Those three had been a little busy through last Saturday, leading Somerset to its first ever state title in football, winning the Class 2 A state championship over Mayfield, 34-31 in a thriller.
Those three played in their first basketball game of the young season on Tuesday evening, but even that would not be enough to take down visiting Boyle County.
Gavin Stevens led the Jumpers with 19 points, while Grundy came off the bench to tally 17, but it would be the Rebels coming out of The Briar Patch with a hard-fought, 64-59 win over Somerset.
“We have had our full team on the floor for one practice,” stated Dunbar, after his club fell to 1-1 on the season with the setback.
“It’s going to take us some time to gel as a team, and it’s going to take my coaching staff and I some time to figure out how to play these guys,” continued the Somerset head coach. “I thought there were a lot of positives to take away tonight.”
The game was knotted up at 30-30 at the intermission, and was a nip and tuck affair throughout with 16 lead changes and 10 ties.
The Rebels however would make some plays down the stretch to send Somerset down to its first loss of the young season. Despite that, Dunbar said he saw some positive things his club can take away from game.
“Gavin Stevens broke out tonight and gave us significant minutes and shot the ball really well,” pointed out Dunbar.
“Boyle County plays great defense and they made it tough on Dylan (Burton) tonight,” added the Jumper coach. “We are going to improve as we go, but we have to get more practice time in with them. This team has an opportunity to be special, but we have a process ahead of us in order to get to where we want to be.”
Somerset will return to action on the road on Friday night, taking on Rockcastle County in a 47th District contest.