Williams 13 points not enough as Pacers fall to Jac-Cen-Del
The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team heads into the final stages of their regular season, and last week featured a 65-38 home loss to Jac-Cen-Del.
The first quarter told the story of the game, as the Eagles outscored the Pacers by a 20-5 count during the first eight minutes of play.
Switzerland County got a three-pointer from Cooper Todd and a basket by Kadyn Riley to account for all five points.
Jac-Cen-Del saw Matt Dickman get off to a hot start, scoring 13 points in the opening stanza.
The Pacers picked up the offensive pace in the second quarter, doubling their offensive output from the opening period — scoring 10 points.
Jacob Williams got rolling in the second, connecting on a three-pointer; a field goal, and a couple of freethrows for seven points; and Riley capped the scoring with a three-pointer.
The Eagles had 11 points in the second, with Dickman hitting three more field goals for six points and Devin Grieshup added four points.
At the half, Jac-Cen-Del held a 31-15 lead.
The second half started with the Pacers scoring 11 points in the third quarter while the Eagles added 15 more.
In the third, Williams had four more points on a pair of field goals; while Aiden Griffith also had four points on a pair of buckets.
Carson Griffith came off the bench to connect on a three-pointer in the quarter.
Jac-Cen-Del got scoring in the third from Dickman with six points; and Seth Drockleman had five points.
With one quarter left to play, Jac-Cen-Del led Switzerland County by a score of 46-26.
In the fourth quarter, the Pacers posted 12 points.
Canaan Johnson had two freethrows and a field goal for four points; while Williams had two freethrows for two points.
Riley, Aiden Griffith, and Dylan Sullivan each chipped in baskets for two points each..
The Eagles had 19 points in the fourth to complete the win, with Gavin Groth leading the way with three field goals for six points.
Grieshup had a field goal and was 3-for-4 at the line for four points; while Dickman, Clark Dwenger, Corbin White, and Landen Asde each had baskets.
At the final horn, Jac-Cen-Del defeated Switzerland County by a score of 65-38.
The Pacers were led by Williams with 13 points; Riley had seven points; and Aiden Griffith finished with six.
Canaan Johnson had four points; Todd and Carson Griffith had three each; and Sullivan contributed two.
The Eagles were led by Dickman with 27 points; while Grieshup was in double figures with 11.
In the junior varsity game, Jac-Cen-Del won by a score of 63-53.
For the Pacers, Austin Hemingway was the leading scorer with 16 points; while Briar Johnson and Mason Peelman were also in double figures with 10 points each.
Carson Griffith had eight points; Cale Collier had six points; and Leeland Goins finished with three points.
The Pacers wrap up their regular season tonight (Thursday) with a game at Madison; and now enter Sectional play this Tuesday, February 28th, at South Ripley with a game against Milan. The winner of that game will play Hauser in the first semifinal game on Friday, March 3rd, with the second semifinal pitting South Ripley against North Decatur.
The Sectional championship game will be played on Saturday, March 4th.