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12/5/2013 3:00:00 PM
Austin Clark's 27 points fuels blowout of Southwestern
Austin Clark
Austin Clark

Switzerland County celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, and then traveled to Southwestern on Saturday evening and quickly stuffed the Rebels.

It was over quickly after it started with the Pacers running out to a 22-5 first quarter lead on the way to a 40-point blowout, 69-29.

The game was so lopsided that the Rebels as a team barely outscored Switzerland County senior Austin Clark, who finished just two points behind, totaling 27 on the night.

He would lead an onslaught that saw nine different Switzerland County players score in the contest, with head coach B.J. McAlister calling off the dogs relatively early, rotating his full complement of players in and out throughout the contest. The rotation was so thorough, in fact, that Austin Clark only played a little over half of the game and still managed to control the contest.

Things didn't get much better in the second period, as Switzerland County continued to dominate. By the time the two squads went to the halftime lockerroom, the Pacers held a 35-12 lead.

The third quarter was the most balanced of the contest, with the Pacers outscoring the Rebels by just two points - 13 to 11 - but the lead was still well in hand as the teams headed to the final eight minutes of play with Switzerland County leading by a score of 48-23.

The final stanza was a blessing for the Rebels, as Switzerland County again took over offensively, outscoring Southwestern by a 21-6 count to end with a 40-point lead.

The Pacers flexed their long range shooting in the final quarter, getting two freethrows from Chase Ritch and also a pair of treys from Riley Phagan to pull away from their conference rival - although Saturday's game will not count in the ORVC standings. When conference teams play twice during the regular season, the second game counts as the conference game.

Austin Clark led Switzerland County with 27 points and nine rebounds, including a pair of three-pointers; and Chase Ritch was also in double figures with 14 points, including two three pointers.

Braden Burk and Riley Phagan each had six points; T.J. White had five; Nathan Hunter had four; Tyler Gabbard added three; and Ben Curran and Bob Tressler had two points each.

The Pacers had seven three-point field goals in the contest; with Riley Phagan's two and Tyler Gabbard's trey joining Austin Clark and Chase Ritch.

Switzerland County shot 29-for-58 from the floor for an incredible 50-percent; and also won the rebounding battle, 38-28. The Pacers also continued to take care of the ball, committing just nine turnovers for the second straight game.

Southwestern was led by Tryston Wheatley with 10 points.


The junior varsity game was also dominated by Switzerland County, as the Pacers won by a score of 72-17.

Three Pacers finished in double figures, led by Justin Green, who had 14 points and four rebounds.

Caleb Furnish had 11 points and four rebounds; and Zach Whitaker had 10 points and two assists. Kollin Hayes had nine points; Dakota Fuller had eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals; Tyler Gabbard had eight points; Hunter Hayes had six points and 10 rebounds; and Brody Splain had six points, three assists, and two steals.

The Pacers return to action tomorrow (Friday) night at Trinity Lutheran; and then will host Rising Sun on Friday, December 13th.

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