The Switzerland County Pacers jumped out to a quick lead at Milan on Saturday night and never looked back as the Pacers earned a conference win, 64-49.
The Pacers grabbed a 10-3 lead in the first quarter, with Ben Curran doing most of the damage with seven points. Dakota Fuller came off the bench to hit a big three-pointer; and Milan could only manage a basket and a freethrow from Kyle Meyer.
Holding a seven-point lead after one, the Pacer roll continued with Dakota Fuller making a freethrow, and when Ben Curran grabbed the offensive rebound when the second attempt bounced off, the pass went out to Riley Phagan, who drilled a three-pointer.
With Switzerland County in front by 11, Milan scored, but that was matched by another bucket from Dakota Fuller. Kyle Meyer hit two freethrows for the Indians, and when Allen Laws followed that with a three-point play, Milan had brought the lead down to six.
Dakota Fuller scored again to stop the streak, and after Blane Beck scored; Switzerland County got another basket from Dakota Fuller and a short jumper from Kollin Hayes to again push the lead into double figures.
The Indians countered with baskets by Kyle Meyer and Allen Laws; and after Ben Curran made a pair of freethrows, two charities from Kyle Meyer kept the game close.
The Pacers then got a big play from Casper Stow off of the bench, as the guard made a key steal and converted that into a layup. After Kyle Meyer scored for Milan; the half ended when Ben Curran made a reverse layup at the buzzer to make the score 28-20 in favor of the Pacers.
Milan made a run as the third quarter opened, getting a basket by Travis Butte and a three-pointer by Allen Laws to close to within three; but Hunter Hayes powered his way to the hoop to keep the lead at two possessions.
The teams traded baskets through the heart of the period, with Switzerland County getting key baskets from Riley Phagan; and after Kyle Meyer scored again inside to close to within three, Dakota Fuller made a huge trey that again pushed the lead to six. Kyle Meyer and Hunter Hayes traded inside baskets at the quarter closed, and the teams went to the final eight minutes of play with the Pacers in front, 39-33.
The final quarter started with Switzerland County on a run, getting baskets from Ben Curran and Kollin Hayes, followed by a layup from Dakota Fuller and a layup from Ben Curran. With 6:30 to go, Milan was forced into a timeout with the Pacers in front by 14, 47-33.
Ben Curran hit a freethrow to extend the lead up to 15; and after Blane Back scored for the Indians, Dakota Fuller again scored to make the score 50-35 with 4:44 to go.
Over the next two minutes both teams traded punches, with Milan scoring 10 points while Switzerland County managed five – all from the freethrow line. The Pacers got a freethrow from Justin Green and two freethrows each from Kollin Hayes and Ben Curran.
Still, with three minutes to play, Switzerland County was still in control by 10, 55-45.
The Pacers then took their time, protecting their lead and making the Indians chase the ball all over the court before being forced to foul.
Down the stretch the Pacers got three freethrows from Ben Curran; two more charities from Kollin Hayes; and two layups from Caleb Furnish after he got free from the Milan defense.
The final margin was 15, with Switzerland County winning by a score of 64-49.
Ben Curran had a massive game, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds; and Dakota Fuller also had an outstanding game, adding 17 points. Kollin Hayes had eight points; Riley Phagan contributed seven points; Caleb Furnish and Hunter Hayes each had four; Casper Stow added two; and Justin Green chipped in one.
Kyle Meyer led Milan with 28 points; and Allen Laws was in double figures with 10.
The win made the Switzerland County overall record 5-10 on the season; and the Pacers now get to sample some ‘home cooking’, starting with a home game tomorrow (Friday) night against Madison Shawe.
The Pacers then play at home against Franklin County on Saturday night; then host Gallatin County on Thursday, February 12th. They’ve then got eight days off before hosting Jac-Cen-Del on Friday, February 20th.
In the junior varsity game, Milan defeated Switzerland County 55-33.
Casper Stow was the leading scorer for the Pacers, with nine points and five rebounds; while Austin South had a great game, adding eight points to his nine rebounds.
Justin Chatham had six points and four rebounds; Kyle Whitham and Dolan Springer each had four points and two rebounds; and Zack Wainscott had two points and two rebounds.
The junior varsity team will play Madison Shawe tonight (Thursday) in a junior varsity only game. That game will be played here at Switzerland County, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.