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December 29, 2012

Jumpers meet nemesis Ads in tourney, win 49-41

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In most tournaments, you get a good draw or a much easier opponent in the first round.
That's not case in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic, as all the teams in the first annual tournament are top-notch ball clubs. 
Somerset faced off against a familiar team on Thursday night in the opening round of the tournament, facing off against long-time 12th Region rival Danville. 
Just as rivalries normally do, this one went right down to the wire, as the homestanding Briar Jum-pers came away with a 49-41 victory over the Danville Admirals at the Briar Patch.
Jeff Cothron’s Jumper squad took the lead from the very get-go, but the Admirals would comeback to take the lead from Somerset late in the third period. However, the ‘Purple and Gold’ would hold on for the eight-point victory, allowing them to move on in the winner’s bracket in tourney action.
“We knew Danville would come in and give us their best effort - and I felt like they did,” began the first-year Jumper basketball coach. “It’s always good to start out with a win, no matter who you play or how you play.”
With 1:29 remaining in the third frame, the Admirals took their first - and only - lead of the evening after Alex Burnside dribbled the length of the floor for a lay-up to put his team up by a lone point at 35-34. Somerset senior big man Ryan Weddle tallied a basket with eight seconds left in the frame to put the Jumpers back out front, 36-35. 
Weddle’s hot hand would continue into the fourth period, as he tallied back-to-back baskets to open quarter. Thanks to Weddle’s pair of shots, Somerset grabbed a five-point, 40-35 lead over Danville.
With the Jumpers leading 40-37 with just over five minutes left to play, the ballgame got very interesting. Cothron wanted his team to slow down a bit on their offensive possessions, so he wanted the ball passed out to the top, where Cam Cheuvront was standing.

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