By DOUG EADS
Coming off a disappointing loss on Tuesday night to visiting Boyle County, Jeron Dunbar and the Somerset Briar Jumpers got back at it on Friday night at Rockcastle County, and picked up a big-time 47th District win on the road over the Rockets.
Simply, Somerset went to Mt. Vernon on Friday evening and busted ‘The Rock’.
Gavin Stevens remained on a tear for Somerset, leading the Jumpers with 18 points, while Kaiya Sheron and Kade Grundy each came off the bench to tally 14 and 10 points respectively.
As a result, it was Somerset solidifying its case as very much a district contender with an impressive, 62-38 beatdown over the Rockets.
“This was a great team win,” stated a very happy coach Dunbar after the game.
“I thought we were more in sync with each other tonight, and that was one of our keys we talked about before the game,” added the Somerset head coach. “Gavin (Stevens) got hot early for us again and led us in scoring, and our defense was very good.”
Indeed, Somerset’s ‘D’ was a huge factor in helping the Briar Jumpers improve to 2-1 on the season with the win.
Somerset limited Rockcastle County to under 30 percent shooting for the contest, limiting the home team to only 15-51 field goal attempts from the field, while forcing the Rockets into 18 turnovers.
The Jumpers led this one by 10 points at the intermission at 31-21, but blew the contest wide open with a 26-5 third quarter over Rockcastle County, to lead The Rock 57-26 headed into the fourth quarter of play.
“We caused a lot of chaos and turned them over in the second half,” pointed out Dunbar.
“Our bench stepped up and played hard,” Dunbar continued. “Jack Harmon gave us some really good minutes in his first game back from an injury. We’ll enjoy this win tonight.”
Somerset will return to the court today with a very tough matchup, as Dunbar and crew will travel to Richmond to take on 11th Region power Madison Central.