The Switzerland County Pacer boys basketball team traveled to Seymour last Thursday night for a post-Christmas clash; and the Pacers hung with the Class 4A Owls for the entire game despite playing short handed.
Point guard Landon Wilks didn’t play in the game due to the concussion protocol; and several of the Pacers who did play were hampered with foul trouble throughout the contest — forcing Pacer mentor Adam Dennis to dig deep into his bench. The result was a 57-44 win for the Owls, a game that was closer than the final score indicated.
The Pacers came out hot in the opening quarter, scoring 15 points; and a sturdy Pacer defense limited their hosts to just 12.
Dalton Tingle had a three-pointer and a field goal for five of the Switzerland County points; and Damian Breeck also had five, hitting two field goals and making a freethrow.
Zach Weaver, playing strong inside all night, had three points in the opening eight minutes; and Coby Chase contributed a field goal.
Peyton Reasoner had two three-pointers in the opening period to pace Seymour with six.
The second quarter saw the game get away from Switzerland County in stretches, as Seymour finished off the half with 16 points; while Switzerland County managed just nine. The halftime score showed the Owls in front of the Pacers, 28-24.
In that second period, five of the Pacers nine points — three by Tingle and two by Patrick Stow — came from the freethrow line; while Stow and Breeck also had buckets.
Erine McCoy got hot for Seymour in the second quarter, scoring eight points.
Both teams stumbled offensively coming out of the break, with Seymour managing to outscore Switzerland County 8-7 over the eight minute span.
For the Pacers, Tingle had three points on a field goal and a freethrow; Tyler Konkle had an inside bucket; and Weaver hit two freethrows.
The teams headed into the final period of play with Seymour holding a tenuous five point lead, 36-31, but the Owls exploded for 21 fourth quarter points — 11 of those from the freethrow line — to put the game away.
Switzerland County never gave up, posting 13 points in the final stanza, but the Pacers couldn’t put together a long scoring streak to mount a serious threat to Seymour.
In the fourth quarter, Weaver led the way with seven points on three field goals and a freethrow; while Breeck added two field goals for four points and both Tingle and Konkle had a freethrow.
Much of the game was decided at the freethrow line, as Seymour was 24-for-31 from the stripe; and Switzerland County was 13-for-22.
Overall, Weaver and Tingle led the Pacers in scoring with 12 points each; while Breeck was right behind with 11.
Stow had four points; Konkle finished with three; and Chase added the other two.
For Seymour, Jayden Brown had 14 points; R.J. Kleber had 12; and McCoy finished with 11.
The loss closes out the 2018 portion of the Switzerland County schedule, with the Pacers standing at 2-8 heading into the Rivertown Classic tournament at South Dearborn tonight (Thursday). The Pacers will take on South Dearborn (4-6) in the night’s first game at 6 p.m. That will be followed by Rising Sun (2-6) versus Lawrenceburg (6-4).
The losers of tonight’s semifinal game will play in the consolation game on Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.; while tonight’s two winners will square off for the championship on Saturday with a start time of approximately 8 p.m.
In the junior varsity game, Seymour defeated Switzerland County by a score of 50-24.
The Pacers were led by Eli Martin with nine points; Austin Bosaw had five; Ben Hicks added four; and Nate Geyman, Zach Stout, and Carter Baldwin each had two.