2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM Great games by South, Whitham foiled as Pacers fall late to Scottsburg, 54-51
Playing without starting forward Tyler Konkle, who was sick with the flu, the Switzerland County Pacers took on Scottsburg last Thursday night, in a final home game before five straight on the road.
It was a back and forth game throughout the night, but in the end Switzerland County couldn't hold a late lead, and fell to the Warriors by a final score of 54-51.
The game started with Nicholas Sebastiao scoring for the Warriors, but Kyle Whitham got the Pacers rolling with a three-pointer. Bradley Whitler then scored for Scottsburg, but Austin South followed that with a runner and Cade Rider hit a three-pointer to give the Pacers an early lead.
Scottsburg then responded with a bucket from Whitler and a three-pointer by Mitchell Prince; but Switzerland County tied the game at 9-9 moments later when Whitham hit a freethrow.
Sebastiao scored for the Warriors; but South hit a three-pointer and followed that with a layup, and the Pacers held a three-point lead. Treyton Owens then wrapped up the quarter with a three-pointer in the final minute, and the teams went to the first break tied at 14-14.
Damian Breeck hit a big three-pointer to open the second stanza and push the Pacers in front; but Scottsburg again tied the score at 17-17 on a trey by Jimmy Neace. Sebastiao then pushed Scottsburg back in front with a basket, but Whitham countered that with a bucket to again tie the score. The back and forth continued with a basket Brantley Deaton that was matched by another basket by Whitham. Again Scottsburg scored, and again the score got knotted when South made two freethrows. Sebastiao scored; but Whitham's second three-pointer of the half moved the Pacers in front. Owens then made a bucket, and the exciting first half came to an end with Scottsburg in front, 27-26.
Switzerland County quickly moved back in front early in the third with a basket by Rider and a freethrow from Whitham; but again Sebastiao scored to tie the game at 29-29. South then hit a long three-pointer; and after Prince scored inside; two freethrows by South and another basket by Rider gave the Pacers their largest lead of the night, 36-31, with 3:40 to play in the quarter.
Again Scottsburg fought back, getting three-pointers from Prince and Patrick Lincoln on back-to-back offensive trips, and again the Warriors were back in front. Zach Weaver, playing strong minutes off of the bench, scored inside to give the Pacers a one point lead; and after Prince matched that, the third quarter ended with another three-pointer from South and another inside bucket by Weaver, and after three quarters, Switzerland County found itself back in front, 43-39, with eight minutes to play.
Again Scottsburg made a run as the final quarter got underway, as a freethrow from Owens and a three-pointer by Prince tied the game; and after Whitham made a power move inside for another basket for the Pacers, Sebastiao connected again to tie the game. Whitham would then score again as the Warriors had no answer for his power inside; and after Whitler scored to tie the game at 47-47 with 3:35 to go, the game took a critical turn.
Battling inside, Whitham took a shot that opened a gash over his left eye. The injury sent the senior to the bench to try and stop the bleeding, but he was unable to return to action.
Moments later Justin Chatham made two freethrows for Switzerland County; but - just like most of the game - a basket by Owens tied the game.
With less than a minute to play and the game tied at 49-49, South made two freethrows to push the Pacers in front; but Prince then hit a huge three-pointer with 20-seconds left that gave Scottsburg the lead.
The Pacers kept battling, but couldn't get a shot to fall, and a pair of charities by Deaton with less than a second left gave the Warriors their final margin of victory, three points, 54-51.
South led Switzerland County with 19 points; while Whitham added 16 points before leaving due to the injury. Rider finished with seven points, starting in place of Konkle; while Weaver had four points; Breeck had three points; and Chatham finished with two.
Outside shooting was on display for the Pacers, as the team made seven on the night -including three by South, two by Whitham, and one each from Rider and Breeck.
Prince was the leading scorer for Scottsburg with 16 points; while Sebastiao finished with 12 and Owens had 10.
In the junior varsity game, Scottsburg defeated Switzerland County 52-39.
Coby Chase was the leading scorer for the Pacers, finishing with 11 points; while Zach Weaver had eight; Damian Courter had six; Doug Pedraza and Landon Wilks had five each; and Eli Martin had four.