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Pacers' Rivertown bid runs afoul to Knights, 60-58
Courier Sports Staff
Friday, January 04, 2013 10:00 AM
Switzerland County's boys basketball team dropped back-to-back losses for the first time this season while being cast into the consolation bracket of the 2013 Rivertown Classic by host South Dearborn Thursday night in Aurora.
The Pacers, now 6-3 with two of the three losses coming to the 3-6 Knights, trailed from the outset on Thursday before making a very tight game of it at the finish with South Dearborn hanging on 60-58 to advance to Saturday's Rivertown championship game against Lawrenceburg.
The Pacers battled both injury and foul trouble in the loss. Senior center Alex Curran played sparingly in the first half and was relegated to the bench in the second half due to a knee issue and junior forward Austin Clark, senior guard Trevor Smith and junior guard Chase Ritch all fouled out of the game.
Still, the Swiss battled back from a 17-12 deficit after one quarter and a 34-25 hole at halftime to trail 44-42 after three quarters before the teams deadlocked 16-16 in the fourth period with the Knights hanging on for the two-point win.
Clark led the Pacers with 17 points while Smith added 10 and Clint Swanson and Ritch scored nine points each. Junior post T.J. White scored eight, Braden Burk and Curran had two points each and Bob Tressler scored one point.
The Pacers now play Rising Sun - a 61-52 loser to Lawrenceburg in Thursday's first semifinal - in the tourney consolation game at 7:30 p.m. today in Aurora. The Lady Pacers will play Lawrenceburg in the girls Rivertown Classic consolation at 6 p.m. today in Aurora.
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