Coach B.J. McAlister’s Switzerland County Pacer varsity boys basketball team got its season off to a good start with a 46-38 win over Oldenburg Academy on the Tuesday night prior to Thanksgiving.
A mid-week trip to Oldenburg is difficult enough, but with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, team focus and attention to detail was a big part of the Pacer success.
Oldenburg opened up with a 10-7 lead after one quarter; but the Pacers rallied back to score 15 points in the second stanza to grab a 22-16 lead heading into halftime.
The Twisters then put on a rally of their own coming out of the break, outscoring Switzerland County 13-9 in the third quarter, but the Pacers still held a 31-29 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
It was in that final period that the Pacer offense came back to life; and the Switzerland County defense tightened its grip; and with a 15-9 fourth quarter scoring advantage, the Pacers earned a hard-fought, 46-38 win.
Chase Ritch led the Pacers with 14 points, including four three-pointers; and Alex Curran was also in double figures, finishing with 12 points.
Austin Clark had seven points in the contest; Clint Swanson finished with six points; Trevor Smith had five; and T.J. White chipped in two points in the victory.
Cory Reynolds led Oldenburg Academy with 12 points.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County picked up a 40-29 win over the Twisters.
Riley Phagan led the Pacers, finishing with 12 points; and Ben Curran was also in double figures, contributing 10 points and five rebounds.
Justus Powell had six points and four rebounds; Nathan Hunter had six points and four rebounds; Chase Ritch had four points; Zach Whitaker contributed a point to go with three rebounds and three assists; and Tristen Bolton had one point and four rebounds.