POWER INSIDE: Switzerland County’s T.J. White (10) powers the ball up over Southwestern’s Colten Sheperd (11) for a basket in the first quarter of Friday’s game in Vevay as the Pacers’ Austin Clark and Rebels’ Tryston Wheatley (20) follow on the play. This and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
POWER INSIDE: Switzerland County’s T.J. White (10) powers the ball up over Southwestern’s Colten Sheperd (11) for a basket in the first quarter of Friday’s game in Vevay as the Pacers’ Austin Clark and Rebels’ Tryston Wheatley (20) follow on the play. This and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Southwestern pulled out all the stops Friday night and tried to run to an Ohio River Valley Conference boys basketball upset of Switzerland County on the Pacers' homecoming in Vevay.

In the end, the two teams combined for 147 total points and while the Rebels did play the Pacers much closer than in a 69-29 non-conference loss last November in Hanover, Switzerland once again had too many horses for Southwestern in an 89-58 win.

Southwestern's only option against the bigger and deeper Pacers was to outplay the Swiss against insurmountable odds, an area where the 9-1 Pacers have fallen short only once this season - a 65-41 loss at Christian Academy.

Switzerland County served notice from the start that nothing was going to be easy when T.J. White slammed-dunked an alley-oop pass to open the game and ignite a 7-2 Pacers' run.

But the Rebels battled back when Tyler Ashby got hot from outside to drain a pair of 3-pointers and close to within 12-8 during a wild first quarter that finally ended with the Pacers on top 24-13 due to a 14-5 run that extended into the second period.

As the game wore on the Rebels just wore out. Switzerland's size and depth took its toll on Southwestern to produce enough Southwestern turnovers and enough Switzerland second chance looks to forge a 41-22 lead at halftime and 66-43 after three quarters.

"We can't give up that many offensive rebounds and win ... That's a team that's a lot bigger than we are but we didn't block out," Southwestern coach Andy Firth said. "I looked down at their bench and they were subbing and their guys were fresh and our guys were dead ... but our effort was there tonight and it's getting better all the time."

"We did a good job of playing at the tempo they wanted," Switzerland coach B.J. McAlister said. "But it's kind of what we like to do, too. We had a lot of deflections and that's what we want to do."

Austin Clark led all scorers with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds while Nathan Hunter added 13 for the Pacers (9-1, 1-0 ORVC) and Ben Curran scored a dozen.

Ashby led Southwestern (0-12, 0-4 ORVC) with 15 points while Tristan Embs had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Tryston Wheatley also scored 14 and Colten Sheperd added nine points and six rebounds.

"You can call me crazy but we're not that far away from being a pretty decent team right now," said Firth. "We're not that far from being the team we need to be."

Switzerland hosts South Ripley tonight in what is always a key battle in the ORVC. The Pacers survived the Raiders 59-58 in their non-conference meeting on Dec. 20 in Versailles. However, tonight's game is much more important. The Raiders, Pacers, Milan and Jac-Cen-Del all four tied atop the conference at 1-0.

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Friday's Boys Game

at Vevay

SWITZERLAND CO 89,

SOUTHWESTERN 58



SOUTHWESTERN 13 9 21 15 - 58

SWITZERLAND 24 17 25 23 - 89



SOUTHWESTERN (0-12, 0-4 ORVC) - (g)Ashby 15, (f)Embs 14, (f)Wheatley 14, (g)Sheperd 9, Adcock 4, Bell 2, (c)Schwartz 0, Ball 0, Ary 0.

SWITZERLAND C). (9-1, 1-0 ORVC) - (f)Clark 28, Hunter 13, (g)Curran 12, (g)Ritch 8, (f)White 6, (g)Gabbard 6, K. Hayes 5, H. Hayes 4, Phagan 4, Furnish 3, Whitaker 0.



3-Point Goals - Southwestern 7 (Ashby 3, Wheatley 2, Sheperd 1, Embs 1), Switzerland Co. 5 (Gabbard 2, Ritch 2, Furnish 1). Rebounds - Southwestern 39 (Embs 6, Ashby 6, Sheperd 6, Schwartz 6), Switzerland Co. 36 (Clark 10, White 7). Free Throws - Southwestern 5-11, Switzerland Co. 8-19. Total Fouls - Southwestern 18, Switzerland Co. 15. Fouled Out - Southwestern (Embs), Switzerland Co. None. Turnovers - Southwestern 28, Switzerland Co. 14. Assists - Southwestern 12 (Embs 4, Ashby 4), Switzerland Co. 26 (Phagan 5, Curran 5, Clark 5, Gabbard 4). Next Game - Southwestern vistis Oldenburg Academy Friday, Switzerland Co. hosts South ripley tonight.