With three players in double figures, the Switzerland County Pacers raced into the championship game of the Rivertown Classic on Friday night with a 69-61 win over South Dearborn.
The game was delayed a day by winter weather, but that didn’t keep Switzerland County from heating up the scoreboard.
The Pacers went to work inside as the game started, with Hunter Hayes scoring six points early; while Justin Green joined the inside scoring party with four points.
Things also heated up outside, as Kyle Whitham had a three-pointer and Austin South and Dakota Fuller also had baskets.
South Dearborn managed eight points in the opening period, with John Tedesco scoring four points and Seth Couch adding a three-pointer.
With a nine point lead after one, the Pacers continued to stay hot offensively in the second; and Switzerland County’s charge came from a familiar source.
Kollin Hayes, the leading scorer for the Pacers on the season, erupted 11 points in the second, including a three-pointer, three field goals, and a pair of freethrows.
Also providing scoring for Switzerland County in the period were Casper Stow, Whitham, South, and Hunter Hayes – all chipping in two points.
The Knights saw their offense wake up a bit in the quarter, as South Dearborn had 15 points, led by Tedesco’s five and four by Hunter Brindley.
The freethrow line kept the Knights in the game, as South Dearborn was 8-for-14 in the second period alone.
Halftime saw Switzerland County in front by a score of 36-23.
The halftime break didn’t cool off the Pacers, as the team amassed another 18 points in the third; while South Dearborn had 17 points to keep things close.
The inside duo of Hunter Hayes and Green took over in the third, with each accounting for six points; while Kollin Hayes had four points and Stow added two more.
With eight minutes to go, Switzerland County led by 14, 54-40.
South Dearborn didn’t fold their tents and give up in the fourth, outscoring the Pacers 21-15 in the span.
The last few minutes were the most tense, as after holding a double digit lead for most of the contest, Switzerland County saw its advantage shrink to just four points, 65-61, with 36-seconds left.
But, after struggling from the freethrow line all night, the Pacers hit key charities when needed; as Kollin Hayes made two freethrows and Hunter Hayes and Fuller each made one to provide the final margin, 69-91.
Fuller had the hot hand in the fourth, scoring five points on a three-pointer and two freethrows; while South and Hunter Hayes had four points each and Kollin Hayes had two.
Tedesco had 12 points in the fourth for the Knights.
Hunter Hayes led Switzerland County with 18 points; with Kollin Hayes right behind with 17 points and Green made it three in double figures with 10.
South finished with eight points; Fuller had seven points; Whitham had five points; and Stow chipped in four.
Tedesco led all scorers with 21 points; while Brindley had 10.