The Switzerland County boys varsity basketball team got its 2018-2019 season off and running on Tuesday night, November 20th, with a home game against Lawrenceburg. It wasn’t the opener that head coach Adam Dennis would have preferred, however, as the Pacer offense struggled to find points early, and lost by a final score of 42-30.
Switzerland County’s offensive struggles showed early, as the Pacers managed just four points in the opening quarter. Damian Breeck and Dalton Tingle each had buckets in the first eight minute stanza, but that was all the offense that Switzerland County could muster.
Lawrenceburg was a one man show in the first quarter, as Gavin Yoon accounted for all nine Tiger points in the period, and after one, the Tigers led the Pacers, 9-4.
The offense heated up a bit for Switzerland County in the second quarter, as the Pacers scored seven points; but the Tigers had 11 points over the same span, and went to the halftime break ahead by nine, 20-11.
In the second, Zach Weaver drilled a three-pointer; while Tingle accounted for the other four points on a couple of field goals.
Yoon continued to do damage for Lawrenceburg, as the junior scored seven more points. Zach Mollaun had a three-pointer for the Tigers in the period; while Kamar Chenault added a freethrow.
Down by nine at the break, the cold Switzerland County offense didn’t find many answers in the third quarter, as the Pacers managed just five points over the eight minutes. Lawrencburg, in the meantime, put up 15 points in the stanza, moving out to a 35-16 lead with just one quarter to play.
Landon Wilks hit a three-pointer for Switzerland County in the period; while the Pacers got two freethrows from Tyler Konkle to account for the rest of the points.
Looking to come back from a 19-point deficit, the Pacers began to find their offensive stride in the final quarter, scoring 14 points to nearly match their output over the first three stanzas. Lawrenceburg was content to nurse its big lead, as the Tigers scored just seven points in the fourth, but it was enough to cruise to a victory by a final score of 42-30.
Breeck led the way in the fourth, hitting a pair of three-pointers and a field goal for eight points; while Wilks had three points on a field goal and a freethrow; Tingle added another bucket; and Weaver chipped in a freethrow.
Yoon continued his steady play in the fourth, scoring three points — all on freethrows — and Mollaun had two more buckets.
Overall, the Pacers were led by Breeck with 10 points and also had four rebounds; while Tingle had eight points and four rebounds; and Wilks finished with six points and a team-high seven boards. Weaver added four points and six rebounds; and Konkle contributed two.
Yoon led all scorers with 24 points; while Mollaun added seven.
In the junior varsity game, Lawrenceburg defeated Switzerland County 40-20.
The Pacers were led in the contest by Damion Courter, who had nine points; while Nathan Geyman and Ben Hicks had four points each. Austin Bosaw connected on a three-pointer to round out the scoring.