After struggling offensively during the early 2015 portion of their schedule, the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team has been finding its offensive rhythm over the past few games, and that continued on Friday night as the Pacers traveled to New Washington.
Even though the Pacers scored 60 points on the night and had three players in double figures, it wasn’t enough, as the homestanding Mustangs emerged with a 68-60 win.
The Pacers fell into a hole early, being outscored by New Washington by a 15-9 count in the opening eight minutes. Hunter Hayes was big inside early for Switzerland County, netting six points on three field goals; and Caleb Furnish hit a three-pointer for the Pacers other points.
New Washington started out hot, getting two three-pointers from Logan Miles over the first eight minutes; and James Clemons also accounted for four points.
The offenses for both teams really heated up in the second quarter, as Switzerland County netted 17 points in the period.
Justin Green took over inside in the third, scoring six points on two buckets and a pair of freethrows; and Kollin Hayes also had four points. Riley Phagan drilled a three-pointer; and Ben Curran sliced to the bucket for four points.
But, as hot as the Switzerland County offense was, the Mustangs were even hotter, as New Washington would score 25 points in the quarter to take a 40-26 lead into halftime.
If the Pacers were going to have any chance in the game, they would need a big run in the third quarter coming out of the halftime break – and that’s exactly what they got.
Switzerland County outscored their hosts 16-7 over the third eight minute stretch, cutting the lead down to 47-42 with one period to play.
Riley Phagan had the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring five points on a field goal and a three-pointer; while Hunter Hayes went back to work inside, scoring four points in the stanza.
Kollin Hayes had four freethrows; Dakota Fuller hit a three-pointer, and the Pacers were within striking distance, down by just five.
The Pacers stayed hot in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 more points; but New Washington regained its offensive balance over the final eight minutes, scoring 21 points to secure the win.
In that final period, Riley Phagan stayed hot with seven points on a pair of three-pointers and a freethrow; while Hunter Hayes continued his hard work inside, scoring two baskets and a freethrow for five points.
Kollin Hayes had two buckets; and Ben Curran chipped in a pair of freethrows, but New Washington got a big fourth quarter from Logan Miles to salt away the win.
Switzerland County was led in scoring by Riley Phagan and Hunter Hayes, each of whom finished with 15 points; and Kollin Hayes was also in double figures with 12.
Ben Curran and Justin Green each finished with six points; while Dakota Fuller and Caleb Furnish each added three.
The Mustangs were led by James Clemons and Logan Miles, each with 19 points; and Zach Moore had nine. New Washington’s outside shooting prowess was the difference, as the Mustangs connected on 10 three-pointers in the game; while Switzerland County managed six.
In the junior varsity game, New Washington defeated Switzerland County by a score of 47-43.
Casper Stow led the way with 11 points and four steals; and Dolan Springer was in double figures with 10 points, six rebounds, and four steals.
Kyle Whitham had six points and four rebounds; Jacob Turner had four points and two steals; Austin South had four points and three rebounds; and Zack Wainscott also had four points to go with four rebounds.
Andrew Youngblood had three points; and Justin Chatham had one point and two rebounds.