Pacers silence Shiners, 50-31 to remain ‘Rulers of the River’
Friday night’s home boys basketball game versus rival Rising Sun was scheduled as the “Silent Night” game.
Held just before Christmas each year and patterned after the tradition at Taylor University in Northern Indiana, all of the home fans, cheerleaders, and others stay completely silent until the team scores its 10th point of the game — at which point everyone goes crazy.
Usually, that 10th point is scored fairly early, but on Friday night, Pacer fans stayed completely quiet into the second quarter, as Switzerland County managed just nine points over the opening eight minutes.
The Switzerland County offense was cold, for sure — but it was down right hot compared to Rising Sun, as the Shiners didn’t score at all in the first quarter, and were nearly three minutes into the second before converting a basket.
The slow offensive night manifested itself throughout the game, with the Pacers pulling away as the quarter wore on to stake claim to a 50-31 win.
In that first quarter, Damian Breeck had five points on a field goal and a three-pointer; while baskets by Patrick Stow and Zach Weaver provided the rest of the scoring.
As the second quarter got underway, the 10-point threshold was broken when Breeck hit a runner, allowing the students and adult fans to finally begin cheering for their team.
Coby Chase would contribute a bucket in the second; Weaver would add a second basket to his tally sheet on the night; and Ben Hicks would hit two freethrows to complete a quarter of just eight points for Switzerland County.
Once Rising Sun broke its drought, the Shiners managed 10 points over the second eight-minute span, with T.J. Manifold accounting for three points on a field goal and freethrow; Landon Cole had a three-pointer; and Kendall Montgomery had a field goal. Peyton Merica had two freethrows for the remaining Shiner points.
At the half, Switzerland County held a 17-10 lead.
The Pacers would come out of the halftime break on fire, as Switzerland County scored 24 points to just seven for Rising Sun to grab a commanding 41-17 lead after three quarters.
Chase did the most damage for the Pacers in the third, scoring 10 points on a pair of three-pointers and two field goals; while Weaver also went to work both inside and out, scoring two field goals and added a three-pointer for seven points.
Stow had a three-pointer and two freethrows for five points in the third; and Landon Wilks rounded out the scoring with a field goal.
Manifold had three points for Rising Sun; while Cole and Merica each had a field goal.
The fourth quarter saw Rising Sun make a run to try and cut into the lead, as the Shiners outscored Switzerland County 14-9 over the final stanza — but Switzerland County played smart offense and defense over the last eight minutes to claim the win, 50-31.
In the fourth, Hicks had a three-pointer; Wilks had another basket; Eli Martin chipped in a bucket; and Chase added a pair of freethrows.
Rising Sun got five points from Montgomery to lead them in that final period.
Chase led all scorers on Friday with 14 points, and he also have five rebounds and an assist. Weaver was also in double figures with 11 points and added eight rebounds.
Breeck had a quiet night offensively, finishing with nine, but he also had two rebounds and three assists. Stow had seven points and two rebounds; Hicks had five points and three boards; Wilks had two points, four rebounds and 12 assists; and Martin had two points and a rebound.
Rising Sun was led by Manifold with eight; Montgomery had seven; Cole finished with six; Merica had four; Chris Bowne had three; Brady Works had two; and Max Bowne finished with one.
Rising Sun claimed the junior varsity game with a 30-11 victory over Switzerland County.
Nate Geyman was the leading scorer for the Pacers with five points; with Aiden Griffith finishing with four and Zach Stout contributing two points.
Kolten Smith led Rising Sun with 12 points; and Damon Carrigan had nine.