Canaan Johnson hits for 25 as Pacers down Hauser
Junior Canaan Johnson had a personal season-high of 25 points in leading the Switzerland County Pacers to a big 57-47 road win on Saturday night at Hauser.
The Pacers saw solid offensive play in all four quarters of the contest, hitting double figures in each period.
Switzerland County got off to a hot start, scoring 19 points in the opening stanza.
Canaan Johnson got started early, scoring 11 points in the opener on four field goals bracketing a three-pointer.
Jacob Williams had two field goals in the first for four points; and Bradley Romans and Aiden Griffith each contributed a bucket.
The offense kept rolling in the second, as Switzerland County posted 13 more points.
Canaan Johnson continued his roll with three more field goals for six points; while Williams connected on a three-pointer and Cooper Todd came off the bench to drill a pair of field goals for four points.
Coming out of the halftime break, Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Pacers kept up the offensive pressure, scoring15 points in the quarter.
Canaan Johnson again led the way, again scoring six points on three field goals.
Griffith had a three-pointer; Williams had four points on two field goals; and Todd added another jumper.
Although the offense slowed a bit in the final stanza, the Pacers still managed to post double digits with 10 points.
The fourth quarter also saw the only quarter in which Switzerland County visited the freethrow line, making 12 trips and converting just four of those.
Williams had five points in a field goal and three freethrows; Canaan Johnson and Griffith each had a basket; and Todd chipped in a freethrow.
The final margin of victory was 10 points, winning by a score of 57-47.
Canaan Johnson had a huge night with 25 points; and Williams was also in double figures, finishing with 16 points.
Griffith and Todd each contributed seven points to the win; and Romans had two points.
Switzerland County now enters the holiday break by first participating in the Jefferson County Invitational, having played Trimble County on Wednesday afternoon (December 21st), and were then scheduled to play again today (Thursday, December 22nd) against an opponent to be determined.
The Pacers will then open 2023 on Thursday, January 5th, when they get a rematch with South Dearborn in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic Tournament.
The junior varsity Pacers didn’t fare as well on Saturday night, falling to Hauser by a final score of 56-13.
Individual scorers for Switzerland County were not available at press time.