T.J. Sefton leads four Pacers in double figures in win over Milan

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The Switzerland County Pacers earned a close 65-63 win over the Milan Indians on Saturday night.

Cliff Meyer kicked off the scoring in the game with two points from the foul line; and from there the scoring went back and fourth over the first four minutes; but the Pacers got an offensive outburst late in the opening stanza and finished off the first period with a lead of 21-12.

Solid inside play by Cliff Meyer and Jordan Hinman also led to Milan’s Bryant Withers – the leading scorer in the conference – heading to the bench with early foul trouble.

Milan drew closer with two baskets to open the second period; but T.J. Sefton connected on a three-pointer that expanded the lead back to eight points, 24-16.

Travis Webster and T.J. Sefton each contributed buckets to keep the Pacer offense in gear; and Cliff Meyer chipped in two more points from the stripe.

The Indians wouldn’t let Switzerland County get too far away, however, as Milan matched the Pacer total of 11 points during the second period.

An Aaron Moore basket ended the half and pushed Switzerland County back to a seven-point lead, 32-25.

The Pacers opened the second half with an offensive burst, getting baskets from Kyle Green, Cliff Meyer and Mark Sharp during the opening minute of the third quarter, expanding the Pacer lead to 13 points.

Switzerland County outscored Milan 14-11 in the third quarter, with another basket by Aaron Moore closing the stanza and giving the Pacers a 10-point lead, 46-36.

In the final quarter. Milan got off to a fast start by scoring the first three points to get their home fans back in the game.

But Switzerland County, having suffered through some untimely freethrow misses at the end of Friday night’s loss to New Washington; connected on eight straight freethrows to hold the lead; and would end the fourth quarter by going 10-for-14 from the freethrow line.

As the final quarter moved on, T.J. Sefton buried a three-point bucket; but Milan got hot as the game wound down, outscoring Switzerland County by a 26-19 count to ease within three – but it wasn’t enough to retake the lead.

The game ended with Switzerland County pulling out a close win, 65-63.

Switzerland County finished with four players in double figures.

The top scorer for the Pacers was T.J. Sefton with 15 points. The senior guard had an outstanding night shooting, as he was perfect in his shooting attempts and freethrow attempts for the night.

Mark Sharp scored 14 points; Cliff Meyer wrapped up 12 points, five rebounds and was also perfect at the line; and Travis Webster got back on track offensively after a sluggish night against New Washington, scoring 11 points.

Kyle Green had eight points and nine rebounds; while Aaron Moore scored four points and had two rebounds; and Jordan Hinman chipped in one point and four rebounds.

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The jayvee team collected an important conference road win by defeating Milan 40-37.

Michael Haas was the team’s leading scorer with 11 points; while Justin Reagan finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Ryan Peters contributed nine points, four assists, three rebounds and five steals; and Devon Armstrong finished with five points. Brandon Otter added four points; while Kameron Pavy chipped in one point and had four steals.

The Pacers will return to action tomorrow night (Friday), as they travel to Versailles for a crucial ORVC game with South Ripley. The junior varsity game will tip off at 6 p.m.