Coming off of a season-opening win over Christian Academy of Madison the night before, the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team hosted conference rival Jac-Cen-Del on Saturday night, and fell to the Eagles by a final score of 61-44.
The Pacers fell behind early, trailing 22-12 after the first quarter. Nate Geyman led the scoring charge for Switzerland County in the opening stanza, converting three field goals for six points; while Bryce Turner and Jacob Williams each had buckets and Bryce Wrightsman contributed two freethrows.
Wyatt Day got off to a hot start for the Eagles, scoring 10 points in the first quarter, including two three-pointers; while Cameron Gehl, Landon Turner, and Damon Hughes also recorded three-pointers in the opening stanza.
Down by 10, Switzerland County began to chip away at the Jac-Cen-Del lead in the second quarter, outscoring their guests by a 17-15 count.
Turner had the hot hand for the Pacers in the second, accounting for seven points on a three-pointer, a field goal, and two freethrows; while Ben Hicks added two buckets for four points.
Austin Bosaw had a three-pointer in the period; Wrightsman added a field goal; and Geyman had a freethrow.
The Eagles did most of their second quarter damage from the freethrow line, as seven of their 15 second quarter points came from the charity stripe.
At the half, Switzerland County trailed Jac-Cen-Del by a score of 37-29.
The third quarter was a death knell for the Pacer chances to earn the win, as Switzerland County managed just two points — on a basket by Hicks — while the Eagles responded with 11 points out of the halftime break.
With just eight minutes to play, the Pacers found themselves down by 17 points, trailing 48-31.
The final stanza was evenly played — with both squads scoring 13 points each — but the frigid third quarter proved just too much for Switzerland County to overcome, and the Pacers fell to 1-1 on the year with a 61-44 loss.
In the fourth, Bosaw had a field goal and a three-pointer for five points; and Hicks added a bucket.
Wrightsman had a traditional three-point play on a field goal and freethrow; Geyman had a freethrow, as did Turner and Myles Covington.
For the game, Turner was the high scorer, finishing in double figures with 10 points; while Geyman, Hicks and Bosaw each added eight points to the tally.
Wrightsman was right behind with seven points in the game; while Williams added two and Covington chipped in one.
Jac-Cen-Del was led by Day with 15 points; and Gehl was in double figures with 11.
The Pacers now face a flurry of games — three in four days — as they travel to Rising Sun tomorrow (Friday) night for a ‘Ruler of the River’ showdown with the Shiners; and then come home on Saturday to play Lawrenceburg in a contest that was supposed to kick off the season but was rescheduled when the Tigers advanced in the state football tournament.
Then, there’s a rare Monday night contest on December 14th, when the Pacers host Crothersville in a rescheduled contest.
In Saturday’s junior varsity game, Jac-Cen-Del defeated Switzerland County by a final score of 52-28.
The Pacers were led by Canaan Johnson with 11 points; while Aiden Griffith finished with nine.
Austin Hemingway had five points; Bradley Romans finished with two points; and Aiden Furnish contributed one point.