The Switzerland County Pacers boys varsity basketball team fell to Jac-Cen-Del last Friday night after a back and forth battle by a final score of 52-46.
The Pacers came out hot, outscoring their hosts by a 14-6 count over the first eight minutes of play.
Balance proved to be effective for Switzerland County in the opening stanza, as Zach Weaver led the way with four points on a three-pointer and a freethrow. Damian Breeck and Dallas Snider also had three-pointers in the first quarter; while Landon Wilks and Patrick Stow each contributed field goals.
Brandon Baber had four of the Eagles’ six opening quarter points.
Heading into the second period, both teams put forth a pretty balanced battle, with Jac-Cen-Del outscoring Switzerland County 12-10; but that close margin still allowed the Pacers to take a 24-18 lead into the halftime break.
Breeck, one of the area’s top overall players, led Switzerland County in the quarter with six points — those coming on a three-pointer, a field goal, and a freethrow; and Wilks accounted for the other four points on a pair of baskets.
As it has in several of the Switzerland County games this season, the third quarter swung the tide, as Jac-Cen-Del outscored Switzerland County by a 15-8 tally to grab a 33-32 lead.
In the third, Breeck had five of the Pacer points on a field goal and three freethrows; while Weaver hit his second three-pointer of the night.
Down by one heading into the final eight minutes, Switzerland County couldn’t get rolling enough to take the lead for good; as Jac-Cen-Del kept up the offensive pressure, scoring 19 points in the final stretch while the Pacers managed 14.
Breeck and Stow each had four points in the last quarter; Weaver made his third three-pointer of the game; Coby Chase had a bucket; and Wilks contributed a freethrow.
The final score showed the Eagles in front by a margin of six points, but it was much closer throughout that the final margin showed.
Breeck kept up his hot play with 18 points, connecting on four field goals, two three-pointers, and going four-for-five from the freethrow line. Breeck also contributed four rebounds and three assists.
Weaver was also in double figures, scoring 10 points — including his two three-pointers; and the senior center also had eight rebounds in the contest.
Wilks had seven points, seven rebounds, and five assists in an all around good game; Stow finished with six points and eight rebounds; Snider had three points and a pair of rebounds; and Chase added two points and an assist.
The Eagles were led by Wyatt Day with 20 points — including a perfect 8-for-8 from the freethrow line in the final quarter; and Baber was also in double figures with 18 points.
The game was a tough battle for the road-weary Pacers, as it was the fourth straight game that Switzerland County had been on the road. That stretched to five the next night at South Dearborn; but the Pacers now come home tonight (Thursday) for their final regular season game against Madison. The game is also Senior Night, with seven seniors being honored between the junior varsity and varsity games.
In the junior varsity game Friday night, Jac-Cen-Del defeated Switzerland County 59-39.
Carter Baldwin led Switzerland County with seven points; while Austin Bosaw had six points and Nate Geyman and Cole Riley had five points each.
Ryan Hughes added four points; Colton Tolbert and Ethan Neal each had three; and Zach Stout, Aiden Griffith, and Braydon Allen each contributed two points.