One night after an overtime win at district rival Wayne County, the Southwestern Warriors returned to action on Saturday and Chris Baker’s club remained undefeated, and made a big-time statement in the process.
The Warriors exploded for a huge, 82-43 win, running their record to 5-0 on the season.
Southwestern put this issue to rest early, racing out to a 31-point lead at halftime, leading this one 48-17.
The Warriors enjoyed a balanced scoring attack in the win, led by Brayden Sims with 16 points.
Andrew Smith and Cole Dysinger each added 11 points in the win, while Jon Wood chipped in with 10 points.
The Warriors will put their perfect record on the line on Monday night with a trip to Rockcastle County to take on the Rockets.
The Somerset Briar Jumpers bounced back very nicely, thank you very much on Friday night, with an impressive win at Rockcastle County after suffering their first loss of the season a few nights earlier to Boyle County.
However on Saturday, Somerset was even more impressive, by picking up its biggest win of the young season with a 71-66 win in overtime on the road at 11th Region powerhouse Madison Central.
“This was a battle from start to finish and we knew it would be,” stated Somerset head coach Jeron Dunbar immediately following the contest.
“It was the first time for us to go on the road and out of the region this season,” Dunbar added. “We were up to the challenge. We knew where we needed to go with the ball and that was down low. Jase (Bruner) did an excellent job of working the post and scoring inside.”
With Bruner getting the job done down in the paint early on, Somerset shot a red-hot 56.5 percent from the floor in the opening half of play, hitting on 13-23 field goal attempts.
For the game, Somerset made 26-53 attempts from the field for 49.1 percent, and needed every bit of that success in coming away with a hard-fought, five-point win in overtime against a very talented Madison Central basketball team
“This was a great test for us,” pointed out Dunbar. “Hats off to (Madison) Central — they played a great game.”
Jase Bruner led Somerset in the win with 21 points, while Kade Grundy added 17 points, with Dylan Burton and Jackson Cooper each adding 10 points.
“Our guys were calm and cool the last few minutes of regulation when things weren’t going our way,” continued the Jumper coach. “We found a way to force overtime and win the game.”
Somerset will return to action on Tuesday night with a 47th District contest at Casey County.
Coming off an impressive blowout win at Casey County on Friday night, the Pulaski County Maroons got back at it on Saturday, running up against Harlan County in the PRTC Classic at Jackson County High School.
And, John Fraley’s club was in big-time trouble early on.
However, thanks to a big-time performance by sophomore Zach Travis, the Maroons were able to erase a 12-point halftime deficit and ran their winning streak to four games, with a hard-fought, 74-69 win over the Black Bears.
Travis scored a game-high 32 points and ripped down seven rebounds, in helping the Maroons move to 4-1 on the season with the victory.
After the game was tied up at 17-17 at the end of the first period, thanks to a 23-11 spurt in the second frame, it was Harlan County that was in great shape, leading PC 40-28 at the break.
However, Travis would save the day for the Maroons.
The sophomore wing scored 15 of his 32 points in the third period as PC began to climb its way back into the contest.
The Maroons then completed the comeback by outscoring Harlan County 21-11 in the final stanza, to get out of McKee with a 74-69 victory.
Travis led everybody with his 32 points, while Colton Fraley and Caleb Sloan joined him in double figures with 14 points each.
The Maroons will return to action on Tuesday night with another stern test, as the Wayne County Cardinals will roll into The PC Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.