By DOUG EADS
With a highly-anticipated rematch with Pulaski County awaiting them at the end of the week, the Somerset Briar Jumpers had a final tuneup against North Laurel on Tuesday night at The Briar Patch.
And, Jeron Dunbar’s club didn’t get it done on this night against the Jaguars.
Reed Sheppard — son of former University of Kentucky great and Final Four MOP Jeff Sheppard — came into the Briar Patch and scored a game-high 23 points, helping the visiting Jaguars take down Somerset by a final score of 63-55.
Somerset actually got off to a great start in this one, leading the Jags by double figures at 16-6 at the end of the first quarter, but North Laurel fought back to only trail the Jumpers 29-27 at the intermission.
In the third period, that’s when North Laurel seized control of the contest, outscoring Somerset 19-7 in that decisive frame, leading the Jumpers 46-36 heading into the final stanza, forcing Dunbar and company to have to play from behind.
Kade Grundy led Somerset in the setback with 22 points, while Dakota Acey joined him in double figures with 12 points, and Dylan Burton added 10 points.
Somerset — 19-4 on the season — will return to action on Friday night at The Briar Patch, hosting arch-rival Pulaski County in a critical 47th District contest.
That game will begin immediately following the girl’s game between the two rivals, which tips off at 6 p.m.
The Somerset-Pulaski County game can be heard on iHeartRadio of Somerset’s LAKE 102.3 FM, as yours truly along with my brother — Jamie Eads — will be bringing you all of the exciting action, beginning with our pregame show which will get underway at around 7:15 p.m.