Led by Kollin Hayes’ 27 points, the Switzerland County Pacers picked up their first victory of season on Tuesday night with a 67-59 win over East Central.
Kollin Hayes was hot all night,with 14 points in the first half and 13 more in the second to keep the Pacers in front in key situations.
The first quarter saw Switzerland County get off to a fast start, outscoring the Trojans 16-10. Kollin Hayes was on target from the start, opening with two jumpers, a pair of freethrows and a three-pointer to account for nine points.
Justin Green made his presence known down low, scoring four points in the period; while Hunter Hayes also connected on a basket. Casper Stow capped the scoring with a freethrow.
East Central got four points from Brady Ewing.
The second period saw the Pacers stay hot from the field, scoring 19 points while East Central managed 16 more.
Kyle Whitham had a big quarter, scoring 10 points over the eight minute span, including a pair of three-pointers and two field goals. Kollin Hayes had five more points on a three-pointer and a runner in the lane.
Dakota Fuller and Green each had baskets; and the first half ended with the Pacers in front by a score of 35-26.
Tyler Koelling led East Central in the second quarter, accounting for 10 of the Trojan points.
In the third quarter, the scoring pace slowed down a bit, but Switzerland County still managed to hold the lead, with the Trojans outscoring the Pacers by a 13-11 count.
Kollin Hayes had four points in the quarter, including a three-pointer. Hunter Hayes had three points in the period; while Stow and Austin South each had field goals.
The East Central duo of Koelling and Ewing did all the damage in the period, with Koelling having eight points and Ewing contributing five.
With a quarter to go, Switzerland County remained in front by a score of 46-39.
The fourth period was a wild one, with both offenses clicking on all cylinders.
Switzerland County had 21 points over the final span, while East Central had 20 points.
The Trojans got within five points at the midway point; but each time East Central got close, Switzerland County converted on key possessions and made critical freethrows to keep the lead.
Kollin Hayes stayed hot, accounting for nine points, including seven of those from the freethrow line.
Green flexed his muscle inside, scoring eight points in the paint while fending off Trojan defenders. Stow and South each connected on a pair of freethrows down the stretch to seal the win.
Ewing had eight points in the fourth quarter; while Cole Spencer had seven points.
But the key offensive baskets and freethrows by Switzerland County kept the Pacers out front, and the game ended with a 67-59 score in favor of the homestanders.
Hayes ended with 27 points to lead all scorers; while Green was in double figures with 14 and Whitham made it a trio of Pacers with 10.
Stow and Hunter Hayes each added five points; while South had four and Fuller finished with two.
East Central was led by Koelling with 22; Ewing with 19; and Spencer added 11.
Switzerland County looks to extend its winning ways tomorrow (Friday) night when the Pacers travel to Rising Sun for a “Ruler of the River” battle with the Shiners.
In the junior varsity game, the Pacers fell to East Central by a final score of 47-40.
Damian Breeck led Switzerland County with 16 points; while Landon Wilks added six points on two three-pointers.
Tyler Konkle, Justin Chatham, and Tyler Perry each had four points; while Zach Weaver, Trystan Kielbasa, and Colby Chase each added two points to the total.