“They deserve it. They won it. It’s all about them,” Rising Sun first year coach Rick Scholl praised his Shiners after a 51-35 win over Switzerland County in the championship of the 2019 River Town Classic on Saturday, Jan. 5th at South Dearborn High School.
“Our defense was outstanding,” Scholl added. “Layups were huge for us tonight. The two teams advanced to the finals in different fashion. The Pacers trailed most of the way before defeating South Dearborn. The Shiners led throughout its game with Lawrenceburg.
Senior Noah Pflum led all scorers with 27 points en route to being named tournament MVP.
Coach Scholl emphasized the defensive effort. “We gave up just 35 points and beat two good teams.”
Pflum scored the opening basket and five different players scored to open up a 13-5 lead after one quarter, including leading scorer Nick Koons, big man TJ Manifold, Wes Rider and a 3-pointer and assist by sophomore Landon Cole.
Rising Sun built a 20-10 lead but saw their Ohio River Valley Conference rivals close the gap to three, 20-17 at the half.
At halftime, Scholl emphasized help side defense and shooting your shot and why his team was taking 3s when up 10.
Offensively, Pflum took over the game in the second half scoring the first 13 points to build a 32-17 lead and another 3-pointer gave him all 15 points for the quarter.
The Pacers cut the lead to 10 behind the shooting of Dalton Tingle.
“I’m a defensive coach. I was scared they would hit a couple of 3s,” Scholl said of the Pacer outside shotting ability.
Pflum’s hot hand continued and his basket with under three minutes was the final field goal. They sealed the win with Jake Bovard 4-for-4 at the line, Nick Koons with two and three more by Pflum. The Shiners finished 13-for-15 at the line.
Koons (an all tourney member) finished with 10 points but his defense limited Pacer Damian Breeck to just five points. The junior guard had scored 30 points in the Pacers first round, 71-68, win over South Dearborn to set up the first ever finals meeting with Rising Sun.
Wes Rider added five points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jake Bovard added four points and five boars with Landon Cole adding three points and T.J. Manifold two.
Rider didn’t play when Switzerland County beat Rising Sun 59-41.
“He’s a wild man. You don’t realize how much he affects people,” noted Scholl.
Tingle led SC with 15 points. Coby Chase added eight, Tyler Konkle seven and Breeck five.
Rising Sun was 17-for-37 with four 3-pointers while the Pacers were 12-for-38 but just 3-for-17 from behind the arc and 8-for-12 at the line. The Shiners had a 26-18 rebounding edge and had 10 turnovers to 15 for the Pacers.
Rising Sun will host Milan on Friday and travel to Morristown on Saturday before a rematch with the Pacers on January 18th.