South’s 22 points not enough as Pacers fall to Eagles in overtime

The Switzerland County Pacers traveled to Jac-Cen-Del for a conference clash last Friday night, and after a back and forth battle, the Pacers fell in overtime to the Eagles by a final score of 69-59.

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The Switzerland County Pacers traveled to Jac-Cen-Del for a conference clash last Friday night, and after a back and forth battle, the Pacers fell in overtime to the Eagles by a final score of 69-59.

The loss overshadowed another outstanding effort by senior Austin South, who finished with 22 points to lead all scorers.

The game was a close one from the opening tip, as Jac-Cen-Del held just a 10-9 advantage after the opening eight minutes. South led the way early with four points for Switzerland County, while Damian Breeck hit a three-pointer in the period and Kyle Whitham also had a bucket.

Eagle center Conner Hubbard led Jac-Cen-Del in the first period with six points; while Brandon Baber added the other four.

The pace picked up in the second quarter, with the Eagles hitting for 17 points while the Pacers countered with 12 more.

Again, South had two field goals for four points and Breeck had another trey; while Tyler Konkle also accounted for three points in the period and Whitham had another bucket.

Will Neal got hot for Jac-Cen-Del in the quarter, scoring eight points; while Michael Flint had five.

At the half, the Eagles held a 27-21 lead over the visiting Pacers.

The offense for both teams continued to heat up after the halftime break, as Switzerland County was outscored by their hosts by a 19-18 count.

Again it was South leading the way, as the senior had three field goals and a freethrow for seven points; while Konkle continued to work inside for five points and Whitham kept rolling with his steady play, adding four points. Justin Chatham had the other two points.

Baber had seven points in the quarter for the Eagles, while Joel Tunny and Justin Ohlmansiek each had five.

The fourth quarter was a big one for the Pacers, as Coach Adam Dennis’s crew fought back with a furious pace that erased the seven-point deficit after three periods to push the game into overtime.

Switzerland County saw both South and Whitham account for five points each in the period; while Doug Pedraza came off the bench to score four points. Breeck had another field goal, and Konkle converted a pair of freethrows.

At the horn, the teams were tied at 57-57, and headed to an additional four minute overtime period.

In that extra stanza, Jac-Cen-Del took control, scoring 10 points while limiting the Pacers to just one field goal – a basket by South.

Final score: Jac-Cen-Del 69, Switzerland County 59.

Along with South’s 22 points; Whitham was also in double figures, finishing with 13 and Konkle made it three in double digits, and he added 10. Breeck had eight on the night; Pedraza had four; and Chatham contributed two.

The Eagles were led by Baber with 20 points; while Hubbard had 14; Ohlmansiek had 12; and Neal had 10.

In the junior varsity game, Jac-Cen-Del defeated Switzerland County 74-49.

The Pacers were led by Coby Chase with 17 points; while Patrick Stow had nine; Landon Wilks had eight; Doug Pedraza had seven; Zach Weaver had four; and Dallas Snider contributed two.