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.