Somerset — After back-to-back losses to Rowan County and Pulaski County, Somerset capped off play in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic in fine-fashion, downing George Rogers Clark in a double overtime thriller on Monday night at the Wigwam.
With the hard-fought victory over the Cardinals of George Rogers Clark, the Somerset Briar Jumpers grabbed 13th place in the hoops tournament. The game was the Jumpers’ fourth overtime game of the season and second overtime game in a four-day span.
Jeff Cothron, the head of the Jumpers, loves his team and the way they fight tooth-and-nail each time they take the floor.
“I get frustrated and get mad at them from time-to-time, but there is no bunch that I would rather go to war with than the ones on this team,” said Cothron. “They flat battle you until the end – they’ve been up in games and down in games. We’ve had a lot of things go on in these first 13 games, so they understand to keep an even-keel and keep playing.”
It looked as if GRC was going to roll to a victory early in the third quarter, as they began the frame with a 9-0 run to take a double-digit, 43-31 advantage over the Jumpers.
Things changed however, as the Briar Jumpers went on a 15-0 run to jump out front by a 46-43 tally. The run included baskets from Ryan Dishman, Chandler Purcell, Tyler Dishman, and Kenny Spear.
After being down by as much as 12 points in the frame, the Jumpers held a one-point, 50-49 lead over the Cardinals at the conclusion of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter, just like the beginning of the contest, would swing back and forth between the two clubs.
With 1:03 left to play in regulation, Somerset grabbed a 68-64 lead after a pair of free-throws from Purcell. GRC would then get lay-ups at the :38 and :26 marks to knot the contest up at 68 apiece.