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Southwestern 77, Switzerland County 45 (SEILS Webcast)

Vevay- It was a second quarter which will go down as one of the more prolific shooting performances in Indiana High School Basketball history.  On Friday at Switzerland County, Southwestern scored 33 points during the second stanza which included NINE three-point baskets.  The Rebels beat the Pacers 77-45 in the ORVC contest.

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In a competitive first quarter which saw three lead changes, coach Adam Dennis’ Pacers trailed just 20-17.  The story in the opening period was Switz’s Damian Breeck who posted 11 points.  Austin Kramer had six for Southwestern while teammates Foster Mefford and Billy Eccles both scored five.  All three players made one triple.

For Eccles and Mefford though, they were just getting started.

The first 15 points of the second quarter all belonged to Eccles.  The junior guard torched the nets for five trifectas without a miss.  Eccles hit at the arc and from well behind the arc in what was a simply unconscious, unstoppable effort.  He later did miss a three-ball from the right side of the floor but also produced a rather acrobatic inside shot with his back to the basket to give him 17 points for the quarter and 22 for the half.

After the Pacers were finally able to defend Eccles on the perimeter, Mefford then took over making four long distance dedications of his own.  Mefford, also a junior guard put in 12 points for the period and 17 in the half.

Southwestern assistant coach Larry Wynn, filling in for head coach Jerry Bomholt, saw the Rebels outscore the Pacers 33-4 over the second, eight-minute stretch.  Coby Chase and Zach Weaver provided the home team’s only two field goals of the quarter.

Trailing 53-21 at the break, Switzerland County scored the first 11 points of the third to close the gap to 53-32. But Southwestern logged 13 of the next 15 points to hold a 66-34 advantage with a quarter to go.

Eccles suffered a nasty injury in the third on an incidental, loose-ball collision. He reportedly lost a tooth and took stitches in his chin but, fortunately, should not miss any time.  Zach Cole’s four points in the frame were tops for the Hanover boys.  Both Kramer and Bryce Hatton converted an a traditional three-point play.  Breeck and Weaver had seven and four points respectively for the hosts.

The Rebels’ favorable point spread reached 40 before the Pacers ended the game on an 8-0 run, setting the final score at 77-45.  Mefford booked nine more points for the victors.  Cole of the Rebs and both Coby Chase and Logan Bennett of the Swiss converted a two-one combination in the fourth.

The win for Southwestern improved its ORVC record to 2-1, just behind 2-0 Jac-Cen-Del.  The loss for Switzerland County was its very first game in conference play.

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