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January 26, 2014

Jumpers claim Region crown

Danville — Taking on homestanding Danville in the title game of the Boy's All A 12th Regional Tournament, the Somerset Briar Jumpers didn't play a perfect game.

However, Jeff Cothron's club was indeed perfect in the third quarter, and as a result, Somerset blew open a close game at halftime and punched its ticket to this week's All A State Tournament in Frankfort.

The Briar Jumpers went a perfect 11 for 11 from the field in the third quarter of play, helping Cothron and company build a 27-22 halftime lead into a 52-34 advantage through three quarters of play.

Thanks to that offensive perfection in a decisive third period, it was Somerset moving to 11-9 on the season with an impressive, 60-47 victory.

So coach Cothron, what about your club's 'perfect' execution offensively in the third quarter?

"I really had no idea of that at the time until one of the assistant coaches told me," stated Cothron, after his club's impressive performance.

"I knew we were playing really, really well during that stretch, but I didn't know we were 11 for 11," continued the Briar Jumper coach. "I have to take my hat off to the kids, because they played really hard and carried out our game plan really well, particularly there in the third quarter."

Early on, this one was a see-saw affair with neither team seemingly able to get the upper hand over the other.

In the first half alone, there were seven lead changes and five ties, with Somerset leading Danville at the break by a slim, 27-22 score.

Then, the third quarter came, and Somerset took complete control of this one with a perfect, 11 for 11 shooting performance from the floor in the frame.

And, it was the duo of Austin Coomer and Ryan Dishman that led the charge for the purple and gold.

Coomer was a man down on the blocks giving the Admirals fits on the defensive end.

The Somerset junior led the Jumpers with 9 points in that decisive third quarter of play, while Ryan Dishman chipped in with 8 points in the frame.

Thanks to outscoring Danville in the stanza by a 25-12 margin, Somerset had this game well in hand through three quarters of play with a very comfortable, 52-34 lead.

"I can't say enough about the improvement that our players are making at all the positions," said Cothron.

"Our post players all played well tonight -- Austin Coomer and Daniel Coldiron did a great job inside," added the SHS coach. "The hard work that all of our guys have put into this season is starting to pay off."

With the win, the Briar Jumpers won their second consecutive All A 12th Regional title with Friday night's victory over Danville.

Somerset will meet up with Jackson County in the opening round of the Boy's All A Classic in Frankfort on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m., and Cothron says his club will enter that tournament the same way it did in the regional tourney --  a very hungry basketball team.

"We did play hungry tonight," said Cothron. "I hope we're beginning to hit our stride at the right time of the year."

"We're looking forward to going back to Frankfort and we're glad for the opportunity," added the Jumper coach. "Hopefully, we'll go up there and be able to make a good showing."

Ryan Dishman led Somerset in Friday's win with 20 points, while Coomer joined him in double figures with 11 points.

 

SHS -- 12 10 25 8 -- 60

DAN. -- 10 12 12 13 -- 47

 

SOMERSET -- R. Dishman 20, Coomer 11, Spear 8, Powell 8, T. Dishman 5, Lindsey 4, Purcell 2, Coldiron 2.

DANVILLE -- Wooldridge 19, Emerson 9, Turner 6, Grey 5, Turner 4, Washington 2, McKinney 2.

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