sputters in opening round loss to Knights
The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team limped home on Thursday night after watching its offense fall flat in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic — falling to South Dearborn by a score of 54-23.
The Pacers failed to dent double figures in scoring in any of the four quarters — including a frigid second, where they managed just three points.
In the first quarter, South Dearborn led by a score of 13-9.
Aiden Griffith had a three-pointer in the first; while Cooper Todd, Jacob Williams, and Canaan Johnson each had a field goal.
South Dearborn’s Ryan Willoughby led his team in the first, connecting on four field goals for eight points.
Down by just four after one, the offense fell apart for the Pacers in the second, as a three-pointer by Trace Johnson would be the only points that Switzerland County could muster.
The Knights had 15 points in the second, with Willoughby scoring seven more points.
At the half, South Dearborn led Switzerland County 28-12.
Coming out of the halftime break, the offense didn’t wake up for the Pacers, as Switzerland County accounted for just four points in the third.
Baskets by Williams and Canaan Johnson were the only scoreboard marks in the third.
For South Dearborn, the Knights had 12 points in the third, with Brodie Teke connecting on two three-pointers in the quarter.
After three periods, South Dearborn led Switzerland County 40-16.
Switzerland County still had an offensive struggle in the fourth, but did manage to score seven points.
Austin Hemingway had a three-pointer off the bench to lead the Pacers in the fourth; while Dylan Sullivan and Todd each added baskets.
South Dearborn scored 14 points in the fourth, with Willoughby scoring four more.
The final buzzer sent South Dearborn into the championship game of the Rivertown by a score of 54-23.
The Pacers were led by Williams, Todd, and Canaan Johnson, who each had four points; while Trace Johnson, Griffith, and Hemingway had three. Sullivan contributed two points.
South Dearborn was led by Willoughby with 22 points.