Pacers can’t sustain hot start, fall to Clarksville

The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team got out to a quick start last Saturday night when they visited Clarksville — but a hot first half fell victim to a frigid second half, as the Generals stormed back to claim a 50-40 victory. The loss dropped the Pacers to 0-2 on the young season.

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The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team got out to a quick start last Saturday night when they visited Clarksville — but a hot first half fell victim to a frigid second half, as the Generals stormed back to claim a 50-40 victory. The loss dropped the Pacers to 0-2 on the young season.

The Pacers had a good first half, scoring 11 points in the first stanza and 14 more in the second quarter. Clarksville scored seven points in the opener and could manage just five more in the second period; and at halftime thins were looking goof for Switzerland County, up by a score of 25-12.

The lead narrowed greatly as the second half got underway, with Clarksville outscoring their guests 18-7 in the third quarter to cut the gap to two points, 32-30, with a period to play.

Clinging to their lead, the Pacers couldn’t sustain an offensive run in the final eight minutes, with the Generals outscoring Switzerland County 20-8 to pull away for the 10-point win.

Freethrow shooting was a thorn in the side of the Pacers all night, as the team shot just 7-for-19 from the charity stripe. A better night at the line may have changed the outcome of the game.

Junior Damian Breeck led the way for Switzerland County with 16 points; including connecting on two three-pointers and three field goals while making four freethrows. He also had four assists, three steals, and two rebounds.

Tyler Konkle had night points in the game on three field goals and three freethrows while also providing eight rebounds a steal and an assist; Zach Weaver battled inside for eight points; while Landon Wilks added seven points on two field goals and a three-pointer to go with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.