Pacers see win streak end at Milan
The Switzerland County battled hard all night, but saw its three game winning streak come to an end on Saturday night with a 56-48 road loss to Milan.
The game was close from the outset, as the Indians led 12-10 after one quarter.
Canaan Johnson had two baskets for four points to lead the Pacers early, while Jacob Williams, Aiden Griffith, and Dylan Sullivan also had buckets.
Kohen Rinear got off to a hot start for Milan, scoring seven points in the opening quarter on two baskets and a three-pointer.
The second quarter saw the game tighten, as Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Pacers scored 12 points while holding Milan to 11.
Cooper Todd had the hot hand in the second, burying two three-pointers and adding a field goal for eight of the team’s points.
Kadyn Riley also had a three-pointer; while Jacob Williams added a freethrow.
At the half, Milan was clinging to a one point lead, 23-22.
The third quarter proved to be the turning point of the contest, as Milan scored 16 points while the Pacers managed to score just eight.
Todd and Riley each had three-pointers in the stanza; while Williams added a bucket..
After three quarters, Milan led Switzerland County 39-30.
As slow and methodical as the first three quarters were, the fourth and final period was an offensive outburst from both squads.
The Pacers would score 18 points over the final eight minutes.
Williams took over control, scoring eight points on two freethrows and three field goals; while Canaan Johnson and Riley each hit three-pointers. Griffith added a bucket; and Todd converted a pair of freethrows.
As high-powered as the Switzerland County quarter was, Milan also saved its best quarter for the final one.
The Indians would score 17 points in the fourth, led by Micah Norman with seven points on a three-pointer and four freethrows.
The final margin of victory was eight points in favor of Milan, but it was a much closer game than the final score indicated.
Williams and Todd led the Pacers, as each scored 13 points.
Riley hit three three-pointers for nine points; Canaan Johnson had seven; Griffith added four; and Sullivan contributed two.
Milan was led by Norman with 15 points; while Rinear had 14 and Ben Riehle was in double figures with 11 points.
In the junior varsity game, Milan won by a score of 61-27.
The Pacers were led in the game by Carson Griffith, who finished with 13 points.
Cale Collier was in double figures with 10 points; and Briar Johnson had four points.