Pacers close home season with big 68-59 win over South Dearborn.


  It was fast-paced, up and down, back and forth.  There will questionable calls a technical and some upset fans — but in the end Switzerland County closed the home portion of its regular season with a 68-59 victory over South Dearborn.  It was the second time this season that the Pacers had defeated the Knights, as Switzerland County earned the victory in the semifinal round of the Rivertown Classic on January 3rd by a 71-68 count.  Switzerland County was celebrating Senior Night on Saturday, honoring Tyler Konkle and Dalton Tingle for their contributions to the program over their four years of high school — and the celebration sparked the offense early, as the Pacers scored 23 points in the first quarter along to grab an early 10-point lead, as South Dearborn managed 13 points in the first.  The outside shooting for the Pacers controlled the game early, as Damian Breeck connected on two three-pointers and added a pair of freethrows for eight points in the opening eight minutes. Konkle was a force inside, scoring six points in the opener and three field goals; Tingle had two early field goals for four points; Landon Wilks also had a three-pointer; and Zach Weaver added a bucket.  Isaiah Jefferson led the way for South Dearborn, as he accounted for six points; and Reese Willoughby had a three-pointer.  Holding a 10-point lead, Switzerland County fended off runs by the Knights in the second stanza to basically play an even period — as South Dearborn scored 17 points and the Pacers had 15.  Breeck continued to be on fire in the period, scoring seven more points on three field goals and a freethrow; Konkle had a bucket and a charity for three points; Wilks made three freethrows; and Coby Chase added a basket for the Pacer tally.  Jefferson continued his good early play with seven more points in the second for the Knights; and halfway through the contest, Switzerland County led 38-30.  As fast-paced as the first half was, the scoring in the third quarter slowed a bit; but both teams continued to battle each other, trying to establish offensive runs that would give them some breathing room, but it didn’t come.  The Pacers had 14 points in the quarter — this time led by two three-pointers by Wilks for six points; and Konkle also had six points on three inside baskets. Weaver had the other two Pacer points.  Again South Dearborn couldn’t mount a run against the Pacer defense, as the Knights managed 13 points in the quarter — and the teams went to what was going to be a wild final stanza with Switzerland County in front, 52-43.  The final margin would not change — the Pacers would win by nine after both teams scored 16 points in the final quarter — but those eight minutes made for some memorable moments.  South Dearborn coaches, players, and fans were livid throughout the period as calls went Switzerland County’s way, even to the point that the Knight bench was hit with a technical foul at one point.  What the Knight faithful couldn’t overcome was the tenacity of the Switzerland County squad, as Breeck caught fire again in the fourth, scoring 11 of the team’s 16 points. The junior connected on two three-pointers in the quarter and added five freethrows that sealed the win.  Patrick Stow made three key freethrows in the fourth; and Konkle added another bucket to complete the Switzerland County scoring.  In the chaos, the final score stood at Switzerland County 68, South Dearborn 59.  Breeck had an incredible all around game, finishing with 26 points; while Konkle wrapped his final home game with 17 points. Wilks made it three in double figures, as he finished with 12.  Tingle and Weaver each had four points; Stow added three; and Chase contributed two.  South Dearborn was led by Jefferson with 18 points; Ethan Getz had 13; and Alex Shackleford had 11.  The win moves the Pacer overall record to 7-15 on the season; which wraps up tonight (Thursday) with a road game at Madison.  Switzerland County then enters Sectional play this Tuesday, February 26th, when they play Southwestern in the second game of the South Ripley Sectional, which should tip at about 7:30 p.m.*  The junior varsity game was a close one, but in the end, South Dearborn escaped with a 38-33 win.  Ben Hicks was the leading scorer for Switzerland County with 15 points; while Bryce Turner finished with nine. Eli Martin had three points; while Nathan Geyman, Damion Courter, and Dallas Snider had two points each.