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December 28, 2013

Briar Jumpers escape Williamsburg in overtime, 60-59

Somerset —

Thanks to an ‘and one’ opportunity conversion from Ryan Dishman and a strong defensive hold in the closing seconds, the Somerset Briar Jumpers were able to escape day one of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic with 60-59, overtime victory over Williamsburg on Friday night at the Briar Patch.
After trailing for much of the night, the visiting Yellowj-ackets took their first lead of the evening with 4:02 left in the fourth period. The game would need overtime to settle a winner, and fortunately for Somerset, it was them grabbing the one-point victory to move to 6-4 on the year and continue play in the winner’s bracket.
Jeff Cothron was glad to see his team come away with the victory after losing a double-digit lead over the Yellowjackets.
“It obviously wasn’t our best performance – we had played a lot better than that over the past few weeks,” began Cothron. “When you come off of a three-day break and minimal practice time, we were kind of lethargic on the defensive side of the ball. This bunch has exhibited a lot of heart – that’s our third overtime game. They’ve never quit one time, and we hung in there and were fortunate enough to get the victory.”
The Somerset defense was all over the place in the opening frame, forcing Williamsburg into 7 turnovers. After the Jumpers took a 17-5 lead, the Yellowjackets ended the quarter with a 6-0 run to cut the score to 17-11 after one quarter in the books.
Williamsburg would continue their run into the second quarter, cutting the lead to lone point at 19-18. The Jumpers would widen the lead after an 8-0 run with baskets from Kenny Spear, Chandler Purcell, Austin Coomer, and Landon Powell.
At the intermission, Somerset held a 10-point, 31-21 advantage over Willi-amsburg.
The Yellowjackets’ Andrew Griffith ruled the roost in the third frame, scoring 14 of team’s 17 points in the frame. Griffith outscored the Jumpers, as well. Despite being outscored by a 17-12 margin, Somerset went into the fourth period with a 43-38 lead

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