Pacers win foul fest at New Washington as three hit for double figures, 68-49

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In a game marred by the referees calling 48 fouls on both teams – 31 in the second half – the Switzerland County Pacer varsity boys basketball team showed little signs of missing time to winter weather, defeating New Washington by a score of 68-49.

The game featured so many fouls that both teams were in the double bonus (10 team fouls) with nearly all of the fourth quarter left to play; and the Pacers shot 24 freethrows to the Mustangs 23 – and both teams made 14 of those attempts.

The Mustangs entered the game featuring two sharpshooters – Vincent Minton and Devin Freels – but the Pacer defense did an outstanding job of shutting the two players down throughout the game, using its height advantage to control the boards and convert to easy inside buckets.

After Mark Sharp opened the game with a jumper, New Washington ran off eight straight points on a basket by Chris Radford and three-pointers by Devin Freels and Vincent Minton.

That run was doused by a Pacer offensive outburst, as Switzerland County reeled off 13 straight points to end the period.

Switzerland County got a basket and a three-pointer by Mark Sharp; a bucket from Kyle Green; and three buckets from Brennan Bragg to close the first quarter with a 15-8 advantage.

The three-pointer from Mark Sharp was another halfcourt buzzer-beating bomb – his second in as many games.

The run continued into the second stanza, as Travis Tackett connected on a three-pointer; and after Vincent Minton scored to break the run; the Pacers picked it right back up, getting a three-point play by Noah Hughes; a freethrow from Brennan Bragg; and a basket by Mark Sharp. With 3:32 to play in the half, Switzerland County had built a commanding 24-10 lead.

After a New Washington timeout, Vincent Minton hit a three-pointer; but that was quickly matched by a three-pointer from Kyle Green. Devin Freels then made two freethrows; but Switzerland County responded with a freethrow by Travis Tackett; a runner by Mark Sharp; and a three-pointer from Travis Tackett to bulge the lead to 33-15 with under a minute to play.

A Devin Freels freethrow for New Washington closed the half with Switzerland County holding a 33-16 advantage.

Both teams traded buckets to open the third quarter, with Mark Sharp and Brennan Bragg continuing to do damage for the Pacers. One Pacer who wasn’t having a good night was inside man Clay Meyer, who watched most of the first half from the bench with two personals; and then picked up two more in the first two minutes of the third period to head back to the bench.

His teammates filled in admirably in his absence.

With New Washington trailing by 12 with 3:38 to play, Switzerland County closed the quarter with eight points – half by Brennan Bragg and two each from Kameron Pavy and Noah Hughes; but the Mustangs stayed close with two three-point plays, and the third quarter ended with the Pacers holding a 45-31 lead.

The fourth quarter again started as a back-and-forth battle, as a Ron Hughes bucket for New Washington was matched by a Mark Sharp jumper for the Pacers. New Washington then got a pair of freethrows, but Brennan Bragg again began to announce his inside presence with authority, posting on the block and then overpowering his defenders on his way to the basket.

Clay Meyer, back in the contest, converted a pair of freethrows, as did Kyle Green; and then Brennan Bragg scored inside on one trip down the floor; and on the next trip he scored and was fouled – converting the three-point play.

Mark Sharp made a freethrow; as did Clay Meyer; and Kyle Green then converted both of his charity opportunities to push the lead near 20.

Travis Tackett made two straight buckets; and Clay Meyer made another freethrow, and coach Brian Bowen cleared his bench with 1:46 to play and the Pacers in front, 67-43.

The final point of the night for Switzerland County was a freethrow by Tray Meyer, and the Pacers raised their record to 13-2 overall with a 68-49 win.

The balanced Pacer offensive attack showed three players in double figures, led by Brennan Bragg with 20. Mark Sharp added 16 points in the contest; while Travis Tackett finished with 11.

Kyle Green had nine points; Noah Hughes finished with five; and Clay Meyer added four. Tray Meyer chipped in one point for the win.

Devin Freels led New Washington with 15 points; while Vincent Minton finished with 14.

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The junior varsity Pacers defeated New Washington by a score of 53-40 on Friday night.

Freshman Keegan Kincaid led the way for Switzerland County, finishing with 16 points, eight steals, six rebounds, and three assists. Tray Meyer was also in double figures, adding 15 points to his three steals and two assists.

Zach O’Neal finished with seven points and two rebounds; Adam Clark had six points and six rebounds; and Josh Hon had five points.

Tanner Ross had two points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal; and Danny Schira contributed two points and three rebounds.