By DOUG EADS
The Somerset Briar Jumpers came into Tuesday night’s first round 47th District game against the Casey County Rebels as a prohibitive favorite to advance to the district championship game.
And for good reason.
After all, the Briar Jumpers came into the contest with a 23-5 season record, while the Rebels — going through a major rebuild this season — stood at only 3-27 on the year.
This one was a proverbial David vs. Goliath matchup, but somebody forgot to tell the Rebels they were supposed to roll over against the Briar Jumpers in a loser go home for the season tilt.
Casey County came out and played a great first half, and went into the locker room knotted up the heavily-favored Briar Jumpers at 31-31.
However in the third quarter, Jeron Dunbar’s club put the defensive clamps down on the Rebels.
Casey County only managed to score three points in the third stanza, while Somerset tallied 20 points, helping the Jumpers ease out to a 51-34 lead through three quarters of play, on their way to a 60-40 win over the Rebels.
Kade Grundy led the Jumpers in the win, as he was the lone Somerset player to hit for double figures with 18 points.
With the victory, the Jumpers advanced to Thursday night’s championship game of the district tourney, where they will square off against Pulaski County.
Thursday night’s game between the Jumpers and Maroons will mark the fourth consecutive season the two arch-rivals have met in the district tourney finals.
PC has won the district title in all three of those meetings.
Game time is set to get underway at 7 p.m. on Thursday night from Rockcastle County High School.