Travis Webster’s three-pointers lead Pacers to fifth straight victory, 57-54


The Switzerland County Pacers had a close and exciting win Saturday night over the Milan Indians by a final score of 57-54.

The game was far from boring, as the teams stayed in reach of each other — as neither team held a lead of more than seven points during the game. Each team took turns making scoring runs and taking the lead, only to see the other bounce back with an offensive outburst of their own.

With less than a minute to go in the game, T.J. Sefton was sent to the foul line; and he connected on both freethrows to push the Pacers to their biggest lead of the game — 53-46.

Indian Jeremy Hunt was then fouled while attempting a three-point shot and went to the line for three freethrows. He connected on all three; slicing the Pacer lead to just four points, 53-49.

Chancey May, with :30.1-seconds left on the clock, was then fouled and sent to the line. The senior sharpshooter converted both of his attempts, expanding the lead to 55-49.

Milan’s Derek Pennington then hit a basket; and with :20-seconds left, the Indians called a time out. Coming out of the stoppage of play, and with only :12-seconds left on the clock, Indian Tyler Kirk connected on a three-point basket, which brought Milan within one point of the Pacers.

Fans on both sides were on their feet with loud cheers supporting their teams. The Indians, trying to get possession of the ball, fouled Chancey May again with just eight seconds to go in the game. He succeeded on those two at the line; and that capped the game for the Pacers, ending the heart-pounding excitement of the game, 57-54.

It was Switzerland County’s fifth straight win heading into tomorrow (Friday) night’s home game with South Ripley.


The game ended with excitement and began with excitement; as Milan was first to score in the game; but B.J. Shelton — pumped with enthusiasm at the start of the contest — countered with a bucket for the Pacers.

The Indians then added two more baskets taking the lead 6-2; but in a preview of what was to be a back-and-forth game throughout the night — Pacers Josh Snow and Mat Deaton each added a basket to tie up the game at 6-6.

The back and forth action continued through the remainder of the opening quarter, as the Pacer offense was fueled by senior B.J. Shelton, as he scored three more times as the quarter closed, and Switzerland County also got a bucket from Josh Snow to hold a 14-12 advantage after the first eight minutes of action.

The second stanza continued to be close, but the Indians managed to outscore the Pacers 13-7 heading into halftime.

The seven points contributed by the Pacers were baskets made by Zach Getz and B.J. Shelton; and Ben Hickman chipped in the other three at the foul line. The Indians claimed the lead going into the locker room at the half by a score of 25-21.

Josh Snow was first to score with a bucket after the half; the Indians responded with one of their own. Travis Webster then hit a nice three-pointer gaining on the Indian lead, 27-26.

The Indians then countered back with a basket; but excitement continued as Mat Deaton connected on a basket and Travis Webster hit again on a three-pointer to give the Pacers the lead by a score of 31-29.

The Indians then went on a scoring run, hitting three baskets and chipping in two at the line to retake a lead of six points, 37-31.

Travis Webster ended the scoring run for the Indians with once again finding the range on a three-point shot — his third of the period; and Kyle Green added two points from the freethrow line as the quarter faded away. T.J. Sefton was fouled with just seconds left on the clock, and the junior guard hit one of two at the line to end the third quarter tied once again, 37-37.

Milan took the lead seconds into the final quarter with a three-point shot from Jeremy Hunt; but T.J. Sefton responded with a three-pointer for the Pacers to tie up the game again.

Travis Webster then went on an offensive run, scoring a bucket off of a steal on the defensive end; and then connecting on yet another three-pointer. The outburst was not enough, however, as Milan continued to meet every challenge, keeping the scored tied at 45-45.

Ben Hickman and B.J. Shelton kept the momentum going, as each scored a basket to give Switzerland County a 49-45 lead. The Indians chipped in one at the line to cut the lead to three, and called a timeout to set the remainder of the game plan.

With 1:07 on the clock, T.J. Sefton hit an inside shot to expand the lead to 51-46; and that began the thrilling, heart-stopping action that fans were treated to over the final 60-seconds.

The Pacers now have a 8-8 record overall; and are 3-1 in the ORVC. Switzerland County was 12 out of 14 at the free throw line on the night, apparently solving one of their problem areas from past game, and giving them one of their best percentages of the season at 86-percent.

Leading the Pacers in scoring with double figures was Travis Webster with 14 points hitting four three-pointers in the second half; and he also lead the team in steals with five. B.J. Shelton was also in double figures adding 12 points, and had four rebounds.

T.J. Sefton finished with eight points; Josh Snow added six; and Ben Hickman chipped in five. Mat Deaton and Chancey May each had four points; Zach Getz and Kyle Green each chipped in two.


The jayvee Pacers earned a 43-31 win over Milan.

The leading scorer was Kyle Green with double digits, scoring 11 points; and Aaron Moore also finished in double figures with 10 points.

Devon Armstrong added seven points and had five rebounds, and three assists. Daniel Welch and Michael Haas finished the game with five points each; while Brandon Otter chipped in three and Jordan Pavy added two.