Round one of the boys’ portion of the Ruler of the River battle between the Switzerland County Pacers and Rising Sun Shiners went to the visiting Pacers, 47 to 45, on Friday, December 9th in Rising Sun. But it took an additional four minutes of overtime to secure the winning plaque.
The height advantage went to the Pacers with seniors Justin Green (6’8″) and Hunter Hayes (6’7″) but the Shiners managed to set the tempo that negated that advantage for most of the night.
However, both big guys played a key role in the finish.
Green was fooled and got the bounce on the first free throw then tied the game at 38 with the second to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Pacers started with their original game plan of Green and Hayes with Green scoring his only field goal of the night to put SC on top. Free throws by Hunter and Kollin Hayes gave SC a five point lead.
The Shiners got 3-pointers from Noah Pflum and Nick Koons but Austin South’s two free throws and a pair by Kollin Hayes put SC up three.
Koons was fouled before he could get off a possible tying 3-pointer. He made one of two free throws with Hunter Hayes grabbing his fourth rebound of the overtime to seal the win.
The game opened with Kollin Hayes putting the Pacers on top with a 3-pointer before Nick Koons got the Shiners on the board. Rising Sun’s deliberate offensive attack and a trio of first quarter Pacer turnovers had the Shiners up 8 to 3 after one quarter. Rising Sun’s leading scorer Brent Turner had four of those points including an assist from Angelo Gallegos.
Trenton Gridley gave RS a more favorable match up size wise as the 6’5″ junior reserve saw full time varsity action for the first time. His offensive board gave the Shiners a 10 to 3 lead before a Kollin Hayes tied the game at 10.
The game was tied three times in the quarter to go with a trio of lead changes. Gridley’s basket from Koons along with Jason McClellan’s 1-for-2 at the line put Rising Sun up 17 to 15 at the half.
Rising Sun turnovers opened the way for the Pacers to take the lead at 24-23 after three quarters. Casper Stow’s floater followed by a Kyle Whitham 3-pointer put SC ahead.
Pflum and Turner scored to give Rising Sun the lead. Tristan Brown scored seven of his game high 13 points and Pflum added a pair of free throws for a 38 to 34 lead with 1:30 remaining.
Hunter Hayes cut the deficit to two. The Pacers called timeout with 1:20 remaining after they knocked the ball off Brown’s face.
Green tied the game with 1:03 remaining and Brown’s final shot was blocked by Kollin Hayes. Casper Stow had a final full court heave and the game went to overtime.
Kollin Hayes led the Pacers with 12 points including 7-for-8 at the line. Hunter Hayes added 10 followed by Kyle Whitham seven, Casper Stow five, Justin Green five, Dakota Fuller three, Tyler Konkle three, and Austin South two.
Tristan Brown finished with 13. Nick Koons and Brent Turner added 10 each. Noah Pflum scored seven, Trenton Gridley four, and Jason McClellan one. Turner had six rebounds with four by Gridley and three each by Koons, Pflum, Brown and McClellan.
Rising Sun shot 50 percent from the field but had 19 turnovers. The Pacers were 14-for-37 from the field but made 15-for-26 at the line to just 9-for-13 for the home team.
The Shiners host New Washington Friday and travel to Oldenburg on Saturday. The Pacers are home Friday against Trinity Lutheran. The two teams will meet again for the Ruler of the River rivalry on Friday, January 20th in Vevay.
Switzerland County won the reserve game 43-28.
The game was tied at 8 after one quarter. The Pacers led 18-16 at the half and 28-23 after three quarters.
Cade Rider led the Pacers with 17. Damian Breeck added 11, Tyler Konkle seven, Justin Chatham five, Zach Weaver two, Patrick Stow one.
Wes Rider led the Shiners with 12. Jacob Bovard scored nine, Steve Jimenez five and Trevor Levi two.