Ohio River Valley Conference rivals Rising Sun and Switzerland County met for a third time on Friday, Jan. 19th.
RS won at Switzerland County. The Pacers won in the consolation game of the River Town Classic.
The third game was the opening game of ORVC play for the Shiners and the Ruler of the River trophy was on the line.
Rising Sun won 70 to 59, closing with an 18 to 6 run.
SC scored first but RS took the lead at 7 to 6 and finished off the first quarter ahead 14 to 13.
The Pacers went ahead on a pair of Austin South free throws but Noah Pflum led the Shiners on a 14-0 run which included South picking up his third foul with 5:45 left in the half, The Pacers’ 3-point threat had to sit the bench until the second half. The Shiner lead was 37 to 22 at the half.
Junior Nick Koons scored 13 of a career high 28 points in the first half including a free throw taken in place of Pflum (who had to leave the game with blood on his knee).
Rising Sun built a 17 point lead and Pacer foul trouble continued with Tyler Konkle picking up his fourth before the end of the third quarter. Coach Adam Dennis was assessed a technical and the Pacers came back to cut the lead to 10.
RS senior Jason McClellan connected an ear shot 3-pointer to up his team ahead 55 to 42 after three quarters.
Kyle Whitham pulled the Pacers within 10 at 57 to 47.
The Pacers were as close as eight, 61 to 53,
Rising Sun closed out the win with seven straight baskets, all on assists.
First it was Brent Turner from Pflum. Then Jacob Bovard from Turner. Wes Rider scored from Pflum
Turner scored again from a pass by Koons. Rider scored then reserve Chris Bowne got an assist from Bovard with Bovard closing out the game from a Rider pass.
Koons led four Shiners in double figures with 25 points, including a 3-pointer and 6-for-6 from the line. Pflum added 15 points and five assists. Turner scored 12 and grabbed 15 rebounds. McClellan had 10. Bovard finished with seven, Rider four, Trenton Gridley four and to each by Landon Cole and Chris Bowne.
Rising Sun finished with 29-for-46 from the field but just 12-for-26 at the line.
Switzerland County had three players in double figures. Kyle Whitham finished with 22 points while Austin South had 12, and Damian Breeck 12 points. (all 3-pointers). Konkle had four, Kenyon Bledsoe three, Cade Rider, Justin Chatham and Zach Weaver two each.