Curran's OT tip-in finally nips stubborn Warriors
Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:00 AM
Switzerland County rallied from eight points down in the final minute and a half of overtime to beat Christian Academy 73-72 in boys basketball Friday at home.
The Pacers led most of the game but still found themselves in overtime - and trailing big - as the pesky Warriors struck quick in the extra session and built a seemingly insurmountable lead.
But Switzerland fought back and got the go-ahead bucket on an Alex Curran put-back with just a few seconds left and picked up the win when the Warriors' last-second 3-pointer fell short.
"There was 1:31 left in the overtime and I looked up and we were down eight," Switzerland coach B.J. McAlister said. "We really didn't get any stops but we traded threes for twos and we were able to chip away.
"We talk a lot about our record and how we're going to get everybody's best shot," McAlister said. "We played with a lot heart. We didn't play the best 35 minutes, but we played the best 90 seconds."
Switzerland survived a 44-point scoring effort by Christian's Aaron Hayes. Hayes hit four 3-pointers but did much his damage at the rim or on short jumpers.
"We led by six or seven most of the way but every time we would get up, (Hayes) would hit a shot," McAlister said. "It's not like we were losing him. He's just a tremendous shooter. We considered putting two guys on him at one point until another one of their guards hit a three. He's the best player we've seen this year."
The Pacers got a big scoring effort by one of their own with senior Austin Clark pouring in a career-high 27 points which included five 3-pointers. Chase Ritch hit four treys and scored 19 points for the Swiss and Trevor Smith added 12 points.
Aaron Eldridge added 18 points for Christian.
Switzerland travels to South Central (Elizabeth) tonight to face former Madison head coach Ryan Crick and his 5-2 Rebels.
"South Central is a very good team. They are very athletic," McAlister said. "It should be a good game."
FRIDAY'S BOYS GAME
SWITZERLAND CO. 73,
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 72, OT
CHRISTIAN ACAD. 8 14 18 21 10 - 72
SWITZERLAND 10 18 15 19 11 - 73
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (3-5) - (g)Aaron Hayes 44, Aaron Eldridge 18, (f)King 5, (g)Martin 3, (c)Chalfant 2, (g)Hurtgen 0, Koenig 0, Reed 0.
SWITZERLAND CO. (6-1) - Clark 27, (g)Ritch 19, (g)Smith 12, (f)Curran 9, (g)Burk 4, (f)White 2, Swanson 0.
3-Point Goals - Christian Academy 7 (Hayes 4, Eldridge 3), Switzerland Co. 9 (Clark 5, Ritch 4). Free Throws - Switzerland Co. 10-17 (58.8%), Christian Academy 7-14 (50%). Total Fouls - Christian Academy 16, Switzerland Co. 14. Fouled Out - Christian Academy (King, Chalfant), Switzerland Co. None. Next Game - Christian Academy plays Crotherville in the McKee Munk Invitational at Henryville on Dec. 27, Switzerland Co. visits South Central (Elizabeth) tonight.