By DOUG EADS
On Tuesday night at The PC Gym, it was a matchup featuring the top two teams inside the 12th Region — by way of a won-loss record at least — as both visiting Somerset and Pulaski County had identical records of 17-3 heading into this all-important 47th District.
This one was dubbed as one of the biggest games of the season inside the 12th Region, but when the dust had settled, this game turned out to be a proverbial ‘dud’.
Simply, Somerset came out and took the Maroons to the woodshed.
The Briar Jumpers — coming off a 51-50 loss to St. Henry in last week’s All A Classic — came out on Tuesday evening at The PC Gym and played like a very hungry basketball team.
PC actually led this game 14-11 through the end of the first period, but thanks to a 22-13 second quarter by the Briar Jumpers, it was Somerset leading the Maroons at the halftime break by a score of 33-27.
In the third period, Somerset totally took control in this affair, outscoring PC by a 23-11 margin.
At that juncture of the contest, the Briar Jumpers were rolling with a 56-38 lead over the Maroons headed into the fourth quarter.
Somerset was seemingly hitting almost every shot the Briar Jumpers put up in that decisive third quarter, while Pulaski County couldn’t seemingly buy a basket.
PC’s prolific sophomore wings — Caleb Sloan and Zach Travis — were held to a combined eight points in the contest, by a tenacious Somerset defense.
Junior guard Kade Grundy paced Somerset in the win with 22 points, while Gavin Stevens added 16 points for the Briar Jumpers, who moved to 5-0 against district opponents and to 18-3 overall on the season.
Pulaski County meanwhile fell to 17-4 with the loss to Somerset, and to 3-1 in league play.
The Maroons were led by KJ Combs with 14 points, while Colton Fraley added 11 points, and Garrett Heath joined them in double figures with 10 points.
The Briar Jumpers will return to action at home on Friday night at The Briar Patch to take on Anderson County at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, PC will try to bounce back on Friday at home, taking on Rockcastle County in another 47th District game.
That game is the second game of a girl-boy doubleheader between the two schools, with the girl’s contest slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.