So, what can Brown do for you?

Well, for Southwestern head coach Dave Schulz, he could lead your team to an impressive win over one of your cross-town rivals on Senior Night.

The Warriors Aaron Brown saved his best for last, as he went out last night with a bang to say the least.

Playing in the final regular season game of his career at The Wigwam, Brown tallied a career-high 19 points to lead Southwestern, while fellow senior Tyler Mayer played another superb game against Somerset with 18 points.

As a result, on a night when Southwestern said good-bye to these two seniors, the Warriors rolled to an impressive, 67-50 victory over Somerset, and made it look easy along the way.

So coach Schulz, it was Senior Night at home against arch-rival Somerset; that’s a pretty good recipe to get your team ready to play, especially coming off a disappointing loss to your other arch-rival, PC, isn’t it?

“All those pieces came together, with all those kind of ingredients to this big-time game for our two seniors,” Schulz remarked, after watching his club move to 15-10 with the win.

“With this game being against Somerset, if we would have came out flat tonight, you would have probably needed to check our pulse to see if we were alive or not,” stated the Warrior head coach.

Brown and Mayer were the story of the night for Southwestern, as these two seniors played as if they were going to will their team to a win, no matter what it was going to take.

Brown’s season high this year before last night’s contest had been nine points, but on Thursday night at The Wigwam, he was arguably the best player on the court.

Brown scored 11 of his 19 points in the second quarter of play, nailing three treys in the period.

His third three-pointer of the frame gave Southwestern its biggest lead of the first half over the Jumpers at 27-14, but DJ Townsend scored six straight points for Somerset, to whittle the deficit down to 27-20.

However, Southwestern re-gained its momentum when Daulton Marlow was fouled on a shot attempt as the first half horn sounded.

With no time on the clock, Marlow nailed both of his free throws, giving Southwestern a 29-20 lead headed into the locker room.

Somerset fought back early on in the third quarter, behind some hot shooting from downtown.

JP Henderlight drained a pair of treys, as well as converting an old-fashioned three-point play, as he tallied nine of his 13 points in the third period.

Josh Troxtle hit a trey in the frame as well, but the two things that hampered Somerset’s comeback attempt in this one was turnovers, along with an off-night from its scoring leader DJ Townsend.

For the second time this season, Southwestern shut down Somerset’s go-to player, holding Townsend to 14 points, thanks in part to a four for 17 shooting night from the field.

In the first meeting, the Warriors held Townsend in check with 14 points in that game as well, and Somerset head coach Don Daniel attributed his sophomore guard’s struggles against the Warriors to Southwestern tenacious defense, as well as just an off night.

“DJ is an All-Region player, and tonight he just had a sub-par performance,” stated the Somerset coach, after his club finished the regular season with a 4-21 record.

“Sometimes that happens, and there’s nothing else to be said about it except that he needs to keep his head up, and come back and show people that he is an All-Region player next Tuesday night in the district tournament,” Daniel added.

As far as the turnovers, Somerset was guilty of 21 miscues on a night when the Jumpers trimmed a 13-point deficit down to just four points in the third period, but in the end, those turnovers cost Daniel and crew a chance at an upset over Southwestern.

“We usually set a goal of between 10 to 12 turnovers per game, depending on what type of pressure we’re going to play, and I think tonight we had set our goal that we wanted to be less than 12 turnovers, so you’re talking about nine possessions that you come up empty,” Daniel lamented.

“You just can’t afford to have that happen, especially against a team like Southwestern,” added the Jumper coach.

Somerset had trimmed the Southwestern lead down to six points, 44-38, headed into the fourth quarter of play, but Cody Epperson’s trey to kick off the final period extended the Warrior advantage out to nine points at 47-38, and Dave Schulz and company would begin to pull away from the Jumpers over the final eight minutes of play.

Justin Epperson also had a good game for the Warriors with 14 points, but this night belonged to Southwestern’s two seniors, Brown and Mayer, with Brown enjoying his career night with those 19 points.

“The points are just the icing on the cake for Aaron, but what I like is how he was boarding the ball in our zone, and how he was defending in our zone,” pointed out coach Schulz.

“He brings that athleticism, and he was winning some loose balls out there for us,” Schulz remarked. “All the little things that please coaches, he was doing all those things tonight, including taking care of the ball. He was just solid for us all night long, while Tyler Mayer — what else can be said about him. He just goes out and plays his tail off each and every night. I’m glad both of those guys went out on Senior Night the way they did tonight, and doing it against Somerset is probably something that they will each remember for the rest of their lives.”

While Somerset’s regular season is over, the Warriors have one more to go before post season play kicks off early next week.

Southwestern will travel to Harrodsburg this evening to square off against Mercer County in a boy—girl doubleheader, which tips off at 6 p.m. with the boy’s contest.

Somerset meanwhile, will not return to action until next Tuesday night, as the Jumpers will meet arch-rival Pulaski County in the opening round of the Boy’s 47th District Basketball Tournament at Casey County High School.

That game will be the second game of a doubleheader, as home-standing Casey County will meet Rockcastle County in the first game next Tuesday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.



SHS 8 12 18 12 — 50

SW 10 19 15 23 — 67



SOMERSET — Stringer 16, Townsend 14, Henderlight 13, Troxtle 5, Hall 2

SOUTHWESTERN — Brown 19, Mayer 18, J. Epperson 14, Marlow 5, Bellar 4, Lewis 4, C. Epperson 3

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