Athenians hold on for road win

WILLIAMSPORT — Crawfordsville’s boys basketball team used a solid second half defensive effort to propel them to a 45-42 win over Seeger Tuesday night.

The Athenians, who move to 5-2 on the season, also picked up the pace offensively in the final two quarters to erase a seven-point halftime deficit.

Leading the way was senior forward Trent Johnson. His double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds were game-best numbers. Seven of Johnson’s rebounds came on the offensive end, where he directly put-back three for baskets. It helped lead the Athenians to a 14-4 advantage in second-chance points.

James Gineris was also around the rim at the end of several drives, and the senior finished with 13 points.

Overall, Crawfordsville was 18-of-53 from the field, 1-of-15 from 3-point range and 8-of-12 from the free throw line. The Athenians lost the rebounding battle 34-31, but had only five turnovers for the night.

The Patriots, who lost to North Montgomery earlier in the season and to Fountain Central in the Bi-County Tournament last week, have a Friday game against Fountain Central in Wabash River Conference play. They travel to Southmont to play the Mounties on January 13.

Crawfordsville is back in action Friday in the Sugar Creek Classic at Southmont. The Athenians open against Western Boone at 6 p.m. The Mounties and Chargers will meet in the second game. Action will continue Saturday with the consolation and championship games.

Crawfordsville won the junior varsity game 71-34. Trevon Hall led the Athenians with 22 points, followed by Eddie Heinold with 12.