Somerset wins Berea All A Holiday Classic

By DOUG EADS

Over the first three weeks of the season, Jeron Dunbar and the Somerset Briar Jumpers have proven the purple and gold is a legitimate and bonafide 12th Regional contender.

Simply, the Briar Jumpers have been on a proverbial roll, and that continued over the weekend in Madison County, playing in the Berea All A Holiday Classic.

After blowing out Sayre 83-39 on Saturday morning in the semi finals of the Berea All A Holiday Classic, Somerset brought home the hardware on Saturday evening, taking down the host Pirates in the championship game by a final score of 71-42.



“This was a good tournament for us,” stated a very happy Dunbar after Saturday night’s victory in the finals of the tournament.

“We were able to get a lot of guys some minutes,” pointed out the Briar Jumper head coach. “Two weeks ago, our football players were playing in a state championship football game.This was good to get them a lot of time on the floor and working on meshing them together.”

Somerset took control in this affair against Berea early on, and basically never looked back, scoring 41 points in the opening half of play.

Gavin Stevens led the way for Somerset with 15 points, as Dunbar’s club had nine players hit the scoring column.

Kaiya Sheron added 13 points for Somerset while Dakota Acey also hit for double figures with 10 points, for a Briar Jumper team that improved to 8-1 on the season by winning their seventh game in a row.

“Our team chemistry was great tonight, and we moved the ball very well offensively,” pointed out Dunbar.

“Gavin has continued to stay hot, and he is playing better at this point of the season than we thought he would be,” added the Somerset head coach. “Our schedule is going to get tougher as we go. We have to continue to work hard and not get complacent.”

Somerset will return to action on Friday night, taking part in the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament.





Pulaski County tops Bullitt Central 72-58 in M & W Classic finale

Pulaski County sophomore Zach Travis races up the floor in the Maroons win earlier this season against Wayne County. On Sunday afternoon, Travis tallied 12 points, helping the Maroons move to 7-2 on the year with a 72-58 win over Bullitt Central.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

One night after rolling past Campbellsville in the M & W Classic, John Fraley’s club got a balanced scoring attack once again, in holding back Bullitt Central by a final score of 72-58.

Caleb Sloan paced the Maroons with 17 points, while Colton Fraley added 15 points, KJ Combs tallied 14 points, and Zach Travis netted 12 points.

The Maroons moved to 7-2 on the season with the win, and held off the Cougars at every stop throughout the contest.



Pulaski County led Bullitt Central 18-14 at the end of the first period, and led the Cougars at the halftime break 31-29.

The Maroons stretched the lead out to 51-43 through three quarters of play, and then iced the game away by outscoring the Cougars 21-15 in the fourth quarter.

Pulaski County will return to action this weekend taking part in the annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament.



Danville knocks off Warriors on buzzer beater

By DOUG EADS

One day after falling in a close game to Middlesboro 53-51 in the M & W Classic, the Southwestern Warriors finished play in the tourney on Sunday afternoon at The Wigwam, and Chris Baker’s club lost another close game — this time in a heartbreaker at the buzzer.

Playing without its floor leader — senior guard Cole Dysinger who was hurt in the loss to Middlesboro — the Warriors fought back against visiting Danville in the second half, but that wouldn’t keep the Warriors from falling to 7-2 on the season, with a 61-59 loss, thanks to a shot at the buzzer by the Admirals.

Senior center Jon Wood led the Warriors by scoring a career-high 21 points, but that wouldn’t be enough to keep the blue and orange from going into the week of Christmas with a two-game losing skid.



Hunter Coffey added 10 points for Southwestern, who with the loss, fell to 7-2 on the season. 

Southwestern will return to action on Friday, facing Central Magnet School, Tennessee at 8 p.m. in the opening round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.