Pacers pick up much needed victory with 55-46 win over Southwestern

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The Switzerland County Pacers played hard to get a win against visiting Southwestern Rebels 55-46 in a Ohio River Valley Conference game Saturday evening.

The Pacers took the lead early in the game with B.J. Shelton scoring two baskets, and Ben Hickman then scored a basket and added a point at the foul line. Josh Snow chipped in a basket taking the lead 9-0 before the Rebels got on the scoreboard.

Rebel Jacob McVey then scored with 4:00 on the clock and Rebel Zach Scrogham added a basket getting on the board and narrowing the score to 9-4. Jacob McVey then went to the foul line adding two points getting within three points of the Pacers lead, 9-6.

B.J. Shelton then hit a basket, but Jacob McVey replied with one of his five three-point shots on the evening to close in on the Pacers. Travis Webster finished off the first quarter with a three-point shot to keep the Pacers out in front by a score of 14-9.

The Rebels scored first in the second quarter adding two baskets to get within one point of the Pacers lead, 14-13.

B.J. Shelton was then sent to the foul line and hit one of two of his shots; but Southwestern matched that when the Rebels were also sent to the foul line hitting one of two. Chancey May and Mat Deaton were successful with baskets, expanding the lead 19-14.

Freshman Kyle Green was then fouled and added two at the line; but again the Rebels matched those points with two at the foul line of their own, still trailing 21-16.

The Pacers then went on a run, with Kyle Green scoring two baskets and Mat Deaton adding a basket to expand the lead once again to 27-16. The Rebels would add one more point at the foul line and Josh Snow would end the quarter for the Pacers adding two at the foul line and a basket to end the half to balloon the lead to 14 points, 31-17.

The Pacers outscored the Rebels 17-8 in the period, with most of the damage coming in the final half of the second period.

The third quarter started with a basket from Josh Snow, but the Rebels would add another shot and Jacob McVey would add another three-point shot to keep the lead close. B.J. Shelton then added a basket for the Pacers; but Jacob McVey would add another three-point shot, which found Southwestern trailing by only eight, 35-27.

Switzerland County responded, as Josh Snow added two more baskets and Travis Webster added a bucket — while the Rebels were only able to score one basket.

With less than two minutes to go in the quarter, Chancey May scored a basket and Josh Snow also added a basket and a point at the foul line. The Rebels were able to convert one more basket before the third quarter ended, making the score 46-32 in favor of the Pacers.

Rebels Jacob McVey and Nathan Thomasson started the last quarter by trying bring their team back into the contest, as each scored a three-point shot to close the gap to 46-38.

Again Switzerland County responded to the run, as Kyle Green would be sent to the foul line to chip in a point; and would also add a basket; and Travis Webster and Josh Snow would each add a basket to push the lead back to 51-38.

Rebel Jacob McVey would score another basket and one last three-point shot; he had a total of five three-pointers for the game, but he alone was not enough to keep Southwestern in the game.

With less than a minute to go and the Pacers up by 10, Rebel Nathan Thomasson scored a three-point shot — his third of the game — but it was not enough to gain the win. Chancey May finished off the game at the foul line, chipping in two points to end the game with the Pacers on top by a score of 55-46.

Top scorer for the Pacers in double figures was Josh Snow with 17; and he also had six rebounds. B.J. Shelton had nine points and six rebounds; Kyle Green had nine points and three rebounds; Travis Webster had seven points and six steals; while Chancey May added six points and five rebounds. Mat Deaton added four points and Ben Hickman had three points and five rebounds.

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The Pacer jayvee team lost to the Rebels by a score of 34-23. The top scorer was Jordan Pavy with eight points; while Kyle Green had seven points and Daniel Welch had four. Brandon Otter and Michael Haas each chipped in two.