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January 1, 2014

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

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Somerset —

Jeff Cothron, the head coach of the Briar Jumpers, knows that his team has tired legs, but he noted that his team was out rebounded by the Maroons, which made a big difference in the outcome of the contest.
“It looked like our third game in three days,” said Cothron. “I thought we played pretty hard. I’m not going to blame it on tired legs because they played three games in three days, too. We got outrebounded significantly, which was a big difference in the game. There was a little bit of match-up problem at times for us. They hurt us in the middle against our zone.”
Even though he has a young squad, Cothron understands that he will have plenty of time to get things situated before tournament action gets underway in mid-February.
“We had a lot of opportunities and missed a lot of bunnies,” said the Jumper basketball coach. “That’s just the sign of a young team. Hopefully, we will sure that up before the end of the year.”
The Maroons led after each frame in this one, leading 16-14 after the opening quarter, 31-30 following two quarters, and 49-46 after three periods in the books.
Sean Ross, of Pulaski County, scored a contest-high 21 points on the afternoon. Clark chimed in with 15 points, while Burton had 14 points and Peyton Gover finished with 10 points.
“The guards did a good job of taking care of the ball today,” said the Maroon hoops coach. “I thought Sean Ross became a man tonight – I thought that he went after it. Jake Johnson played well off the bench, getting some tough rebounds for us at the end of the game.”
Somerset was led in scoring by Tyler Dishman, who scored 14 points. Powell chimed in with 13 points, while Chandler Purcell (11 points) and Ryan Dishman (10 points) finished in double figures for the Jumpers.

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