Big second half not enough as Pacers fall to Tigers, 60-51
After falling behind by 14 points at halftime, the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team posted a big second half rally in a Saturday matinee game at Lawrenceburg, but at the final buzzer the comeback wasn’t big enough, with the Pacers falling to the Tigers by a final score of 60-51.
The game got off to an even start, with Lawrenceburg holding a 14-11 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Sophomore Jacob Williams got off to a strong early start, scoring six points — including a perfect 4-for-4 from the freethrow line; while Cam Craig had three points on a traditional three-point play; and Bryce Wrightsman contributed the other two.
The Tigers got nine first period points from Jackson Bobo to move out to the early lead.
The second quarter saw Lawrenceburg try and take control, outscoring Switzerland County by a 19-8 margin.
Craig did all of the damage for the Pacers in the second, with eight points coming on a field goal sandwiched between two three-pointers.
Down 14 heading into the third quarter, Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Pacers didn’t quit — scoring 16 points in each of the third and fourth quarters while holding the Tigers to a total of 27 points.
The third quarter began to change the course of the game, with the Pacers winning the period by a 16-11 count.
Craig again took control, as the freshman accounted for nine points on a field goal, a three-pointer, and he was 4-for-4 from the freethrow line.
Bryce Wrightsman accounted for the other seven points in the quarter, connecting on a three-pointer and a pair of field goals.
Having cut the lead to single figures — nine points — heading into the final stanza, the Pacers couldn’t make any headway, as both squads had 16 points in the quarter.
Craig continued his strong game, scoring eight more points on three field goals and two freethrows; and Wrightsman had two more field goals for four points. Ben Hicks accounted for three points on a field goal and freethrow; and Williams added another freethrow.
The final horn saw the Pacers fall for just the second time in five outings by a final score of 60-51.
Craig continued his tear through the early portion of the schedule, scoring 28 points in the game on six field goals, three three-pointers, and he was 7-for-7 at the freethrow line.
Wrightsman was also in double figures, scoring 13 points on five field goals and a three-pointer; while Williams finished with seven on a field goal and five freethrows; and Hicks had three points on a field goal and a freethrow.
Jackson Bobo led Lawrenceburg with 21 points; while Cooper Bobo and Dahya Patel were also in double figures, scoring 10 points each.
In the junior varsity game, Lawrenceburg defeated Switzerland County by a score of 48-29.
The Pacers were led by Caden Riley with eight points; while the trio of Austin Hemingway, Dylan Sullivan, and Drew Wilks each added six. Bradley Romans had two points; and Roman Hite chipped in one point.