Admirals end Somerset’s season on a last-second tip in

Somerset’s Dylan Burton scored 11 points in Monday night’s 12th Regional semi final game against Danville, but it would be the Admirals avenging two earlier losses to Somerset this season thanks to a last-second tip in with a 66-64 win over the Briar Jumpers.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers had been near or at the top of the 12th Regional standings all season long.

On Monday night at Pulaski County High School in the semi finals of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament, an old nemesis — the Danville Admirals — were standing in Somerset’s way to a regional title game appearance.

And, the Ads came out like a house on fire.



After losing to Somerset in both regular season meetings, Ed McKinney’s club was looking to make a statement on Monday night, and the Ads did just that.

Danville came out and punched Somerset squarely in the mouth, leading the Briar Jumpers by 17 points at halftime, and despite a valiant comeback effort, Somerset would fall in heart-breaking fashion thanks to a last second tip in from Jalen Dunn, helping Danville escape with a 66-64 victory.

Wow, what a game.

Danville — thanks to some red-hot shooting from downtown — led Somerset at the break by a whopping, 39-22 margin.

Somerset was dead, right? No, that would be wrong.

Playing with the heart of a champion, Jeron Dunbar’s club fought back.

Jase Bruner hit three treys in the second half, while Gavin Stevens knocked down a pair of three’s after the intermission, helping Somerset to get back off the mat.

And, despite the fact that Somerset’s leading scorer — Kade Grundy — rolled an ankle and basically played the fourth quarter on one leg, the Briar Jumpers roared back.



Somerset fought all the way back from that 17-point halftime deficit to knot things up at 64-64 with less than a minute to play in the contest, before Danville held the ball for a last shot.

That shot was missed, but Jalen Dunn’s tip in was good just before the final horn sounded, sending Danville to the regional title game, while ending Somerset’s season in heart-breaking fashion with a 66-64 win over the Briar Jumpers.

Bruner and Grundy both led Somerset with 15 points each in the game, while Dylan Burton and Stevens each chipped in with 11 points, for a Briar Jumper team that saw their season end with a 26-6 record.

Danville — with the win — moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament to face West Jessamine at 7 p.m. from Pulaski County High School.



West Jessamine takes down PC in semi finals

Pulaski County senior Garrett Heath — who played the entire season basically with one arm due to a shoulder injury — scored seven points on Monday night in what would the the final game of an outstanding prep career, as West Jessamine knocked off the Maroons in the 12th Regional Tournament semi finals.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons came into Monday night’s 12th Regional Tournament semi finals with a 25-6 won-loss record on the season, and a homecourt advantage over West Jessamine.

When all was said and done, none of that mattered.

West Jessamine used a 15-2 run in the first quarter to take a 20-12 lead over John Fraley’s club at the end of the first period — and despite more than one comeback attempt from Pulaski County — it would be the visiting Colts moving on to the tourney’s championship game, with an 82-68 victory over the Maroons.



Garrett Heath — playing in his final game of an outstanding prep career at Pulaski County — hit a three-pointer just before the horn sounded to end the first half, helping the Maroons get back in this one only trailing West Jessamine 35-30 at the intermission.

However, despite two or three comeback attempts in the second half, every time the Maroons got the deficit down to a working margin, it was the Colts who would have an answer.

Nate Breeden killed Pulaski County all night long from downtown, as he hit six three’s in the game on his way to a game-high 27 points.

Pulaski County meanwhile was led by Colton Fraley — also playing in the final game of an outstanding career — with 18 points, while Zach Travis added 15 points for the Maroons.

With the loss, Pulaski County finished its season with a 25-7 record, while West Jessamine moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament, which will tip off at Pulaski County High School at 7 p.m.