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January 1, 2014

Maroons top Jumpers 71-63 in earlier-than-expected clash

Somerset —

Pulaski County and Somerset were not scheduled to have their first meeting of the 2013-14 season until Friday, January 3.
After both the Maroons and the Briar Jumpers lost their games on Saturday evening, that set up a Sunday afternoon showdown in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.
And what a showdown it was on Sunday at the Briar Patch.
Paced by a strong fourth quarter, the visiting Maroons would earn a 71-63 victory over Somerset to move to 7-2 on the season. The Jumpers, meanwhile, fell to 6-6 on the year with the 8-point loss to their cross-town rival.
After three quarters in the books, the Maroons held a 3-point, 49-46 lead over Somerset.
Pulaski County had the momentum swinging in their favor to begin the quarter, but a technical foul against the Maroons would allow Somerset to shrink the lead to 5 points at 55-50 with 5:13 left in the contest.
With 3:19 remaining in the game, Pulaski County’s Austin Clark got a basket to widen the gap to 59-50. Powell, with 2:46 left to play, went 2 of 2 from the charity stripe to cut the Maroon lead to 59-54.
Jake Johnson and Powell both traded lay-ups near the 2-minute mark to keep the margin at 5 points. The Maroons would close the game out at the free-throw line, meaning 5 points would be as close as the Jumpers got.
Maroon head coach Al Gover was happy to see his team overcome some adversity to earn a victory in a tough gym such as the Briar Patch.
“I was very proud of my team today,” told Gover. “I was really proud of the way we came on the road and beat a good Somerset team – it’s tough to win here. We had some momentum there, then a couple of things happened that changed the momentum. After a little adversity, the kids gathered themselves and pulled out the victory.”

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