By DOUG EADS
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.
That game is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.