On Saturday night the Switzerland County Pacers wrapped up five straight away games with an overtime, back and forth thriller at South Dearborn, but in the end the Knights prevailed in heartbreaker, 78-76.
The loss overshadowed an incredible night by Switzerland County senior Damian Breeck, who accounted for 33 points in the game.
South Dearborn got off to a torrid start, outscoring the Pacers 24-14 in the first quarter; with Switzerland County getting five points from Breeck on a three-pointer and a field goal; four points from Patrick Stow on a three-pointer and a freethrow; three points from Zach Weaver on a field goal and a freethrow; and Dallas Snider also had a basket for two points.
Down by 10 to a hot-shooting Knight team, the Pacers battled back in the second quarter, riding eight points from the inside strength of Weaver. Stow hit another three-pointer and added a freethrow for four points in the second; while Snider hit a three-pointer to help with the surge. Breeck, Coby Chase, and Ben Hicks each added a field goal in the second.
That run of 21 points sliced into the South Dearborn lead, as the Knights managed just 13 points in the quarter — and at the half South Dearborn was clinging to a 37-35 lead.
The third quarter was evenly played, as each team scored 15 points.
Switzerland County’s marks came from Breeck with seven points on three field goals and a freethrow; while Weaver kept doing strong work inside with two more buckets for four points. Chase had another basket; and Landon Wilks got into the scoring column with a bucket to round out the period.
Still down by two, the Pacers kept up the offensive excellence in the final quarter of regulation, scoring 16 more points while holding South Dearborn to just 14 — forcing overtime with a 66-66 tie after four eight minute periods.
Switzerland County held a 66-64 lead with just 30-seconds to play, but the Knights scored to tie the contest.
The fourth quarter was a showcase for Breeck, as he accounted for 12 points on five field goals and two freethrows; while Wilks added another field goal and Chase converted two freethrows.
Tied with an extra four minute time frame to play, the Pacers again went to Breeck, and he responded with a three-pointer, a field goal and two freethrows for seven points; and Wilks drilled a three-pointer for the other three Switzerland County overtime points.
It was an outstanding game, but it just wasn’t enough at the end, as the Knights scored 12 points in the overtime to pull out the win.
Breeck was on fire all night, finishing with 33 points on 11 field goals; two three-pointers and going 5-for-5 from the freethrow line. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists in the contest.
Weaver was also in double figures with 10 points, and he contributed five rebounds to the cause. Stow had eight points and added six rebounds and four assists; while Wilks had seven points, four rebounds and six assists.
Chase finished with six points and three boards; Snider had five points and five rebounds; and Hicks contributed two points.
Alex Shackelford led South Dearborn with 27 points; while Reese Willoughby had 21 points and Eli Hoffman finished with 19 points.
The Pacers now wrap up their regular season tonight (Thursday) at home with Madison; and then Switzerland County gets some time off, having drawn the bye in the upcoming Southwestern Sectional.
Switzerland County now plays on Friday night, March 6th, in the second semifinal. The Pacers will play the winner of the Providence-Austin game.
The junior varsity game saw South Dearborn defeat Switzerland County by a score of 44-29.
The Pacers were led in scoring in the game by Ryan Hughes and Carter Baldwin with nine points each; and Nate Geyman added six points. Zach Stout had three points; and Cole Riley chipped in two points.