Holding a lead at the half, the Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team couldn’t hold off hard charging Milan last Saturday night, falling by a final score of 66-51.
The loss overshadowed an outstanding game by Pacer senior Landon Wilks, who finished with a team-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half.
Both teams opened the game in a rather sluggish fashion, scoring just seven points each.
Damian Breeck was hot early, scoring five of the team’s seven points on a three-pointer and a field goal; while Zach Weaver accounted for the other basket.
Peyton Wirt had four points in the Indians in the first quarter.
Switzerland County got its offense rolling in the second quarter, scoring 17 points while holding Milan to just 11.
Breeck continued to show why he is one of the best players in this region of the state, scoring nine points in the period on two more three-pointers, a field goal, and a freethrow.
Wilks began his scoring run in the second, connecting on a three-pointer and a field goal; and Patrick Stow also hit a three-pointer to round out the Switzerland County scoring.
Wert had five more in the second to pace Milan, and Matt Riehle added three — and at the half Switzerland County held at 24-18 advantage.
The second half saw the Milan offense explode, as the Indians scored 48 points in the half — 22 in the third period and 26 in the fourth — and set a scoring pace that Switzerland County couldn’t keep up with.
The Pacers had a respectable half, scoring 13 points in the third and 14 more in the fourth, but over the stretch the Indians just slowly pulled away.
In that third quarter, Wilks really got rolling, scoring 10 points on a pair of three-pointers and two field goals; while Breeck hit another trey — his fourth of the contest.
Wert couldn’t be stopped in the third for Milan, scoring seven points; while Carter Wade led the team with nine third quarter points. Adam Norman had six points in the stanza.
That run pushed the Indians from a six-point halftime deficit to a three-point lead after three quarters, and set up an exciting final period.
Again the Milan offense was strong over the final eight minutes, as Wert had 10 more points to lead the way.
Wilks had six on two field goals and two freethrows to lead the Switzerland County scoring; while Weaver had a bucket and a pair of charities for four points. Breeck and Coby Chase each had two points in the fourth.
The final score saw Milan in front by 15 points — 66-51 — but the contest was much closer than the final score might have indicated.
Wilks, on the strength of five field goals, three three-pointers, and two freethrows led Switzerland County with 21 points; while Breeck finished with 19, including four three-pointers, three field goals, and a freethrow.
Weaver had three buckets for six points; Stow had three; and Chase contributed two.
Wert led the Indians with 26 points; Wade had 13; and Norman had 11.
With the girls basketball Sectional tournament going on this week and being hosted here at Switzerland County, Coach Adam Dennis’ boys team is seeing a few differences in its schedule.
The Pacers play a home game tonight (Thursday) versus Scottsburg; and then travel to Lawrenceburg this Saturday afternoon to play the Tigers, with the junior varsity game tipping off at noon. This game is a rescheduled contest that was to be played to open the season, but had to be moved after Lawrenceburg’s football team advanced in the state tournament.
The Pacers and the Tigers did play in the championship game of the Rivertown Classic on January 11th, when the Tigers won by a score of 55-40.
For those who are wanting to see Switzerland County play at home, tonight (Thursday) is the last chance for awhile, as the Pacers will then begin a string of five straight road games not returning to their home court until the final game of the regular season, a clash with Madison on Thursday, February 27th.
In the junior varsity game Saturday night, Milan defeated Switzerland County by a score of 43-28.
The Pacers had eight different players score in the game, led by Ryan Hughes with six points. Nate Geyman finished with four points.
Scoring three points in the game were: Levi Curlin, Austin Bosaw, Cole Riley, Carter Baldwin, Zach Stout, and Aiden Griffith.