Pacers fall to Tigers 48-41 in matinee tilt
The boys varsity basketball game between the Switzerland County Pacers and the Lawrenceburg Tigers was supposed to open the season — but due to the Tiger football team advancing well into the state tournament, the game had to be delayed, and was finally played this past Saturday in an afternoon affair.
After again suffering through a frigid first quarter, the Pacers got their offense rolling, but they were never able to overcome their hosts, falling to Lawrenceburg by a final score of 48-41.
Things got off to a rocky start, as the Pacers scored just two points in the opening period on a bucket by Damian Breeck, while the Tigers weren’t much hotter, scoring seven points on a three-pointer by Mitch McCool, a basket by Jackson Bobo; and two freethrows by Gavin Yoon.
The pace of both offenses picked up in the second quarter, as Lawrenceburg outscored Switzerland County 18-11.
Breeck continued his hot play for the Pacers with a pair of three-pointers and a jumper in the quarter for eight points, while Landon Wilks connected on a three-pointer to complete the scoring.
Garrett Yoon got hot for Lawrenceburg, scoring eight points in the period; while Dahya Patel added six.
At the half, the Tigers held a 25-13 lead.
The third quarter was evenly played, with Switzerland County outscoring Lawrenceburg 12-11 over the eight minutes of play.
Held in check in the first half, Pacer senior Zach Weaver led the charge in the third quarter, scoring eight of the points on a three-pointer, a field goal, and three freethrows. Breeck and Dallas Snider accounted for the other four points on two field goals.
It was in the fourth quarter where the Pacers made a run, scoring 16 points while holding the Tigers to just 12, but the 11-point lead at the end of the third quarter was just too much to overcome.
In that final stanza, Weaver continued his work inside, accounting for six points on two field goals and a pair of freethrows; while Breeck hit his third three-pointer of the game and Wilks also connected on a three-pointer. Coby Chase and Ben Hicks also had baskets in the run.
But Lawrenceburg had enough offense to hold on at the end, and as the final buzzer sounded, the Tigers held a 48-41 advantage.
Breeck was the leading scorer for Switzerland County with 15 points in the contest; while Weaver was just behind with 14 points — all coming in the second half.
Wilks had six points on a pair of three-pointers, and Chase, Hicks, and Snider all had two points each.
Gavin Yoon led the Tigers with 15 points; while brother Garrett Yoon was also in double figures with 14. Patel had eight points; Adam Burd had five; and McCool and Bobo each had three.
The game kicks off a lengthy road trip for the Pacers, as it was the first of five straight away games.
Switzerland County now plays at Shawe Memorial tomorrow (Friday) night; and then makes the trek to Brookville to play Franklin County on Saturday night.
From there, it’s a road game at Jac-Cen-Del on Friday, February 21st; and then to Aurora to play South Dearborn on Saturday, February 22nd.
The team returns home on Thursday, February 27th for its final game of the regular season against Madison. That game will also be Senior Night.
The Switzerland County overall record currently stands at 6-12.