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Written by Jim Buchberger   
Friday, January 04, 2013 6:12 PM

AURORA – For reasons known only to the basketball gods, certain teams with lesser records occasionally prove impossible for supposed favorites to beat.

It happened again in Thursday's River Town Classic first round.

South Dearborn's Knights, who came into their homecourt tournament with a lackluster 2-6 record, defeated Switzerland County – the pre-tourney favorite at 6-2 – for a second time in 20 days, 60-58.

Just as in SD's regular season 65-60 home win over the Pacers Dec. 14, this one was no fluke. After falling behind 6-0 at the outset, coach Rick Shumate's Knights battled back to take a 17-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

They trailed only once more, 10-9 at 2:01 in the first quarter, although the Swiss tightened the margin considerably in a nip-and-tuck second half – to the point of tying at 42-all late in the third period.

“A lot of it boils down to matchups,” said SD head coach Rick Shumate, whose team has now played three close games against the favored Pacers in his two years, winning the last two.

Last Updated on Friday, January 04, 2013 6:18 PM