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Athenians pull away from Patriots

Alex Kellerman led Crawfordsville with 15 points in their 68-51 win over Seeger

Crawfordsville entered Saturday’s home game against the visiting Seeger Patriots on a three-game winning streak, winning by an average of 28 points over that span, including Friday’s 20-point win over county rival North Montgomery. Playing the game without head coach, David Pierce, the Athenians could’ve easily overlooked Seeger. However, the Athenians were up to the task pulling away late for the 68-51 victory.

“I’m pretty proud of them, because you play a game like you played last night and come into this situation, because Seeger’s a good ball club,” said Athenian coach Danny Pierce. “Their record may not show it, but Coach Collins does a nice job with those guys. We knew they weren’t going to come in here and die, and they didn’t.”

After a back and forth first quarter, the Patriots scored nine of the final 11 to take a 15-11 lead after one. Owen Snedeker scored nine of his team high 19 in the quarter.

The Athenians opened the second quarter on a 16-2 run behind Cale Coursey’s seven of his 13 points to take a commanding 27-17 lead, one they would never relinquish. The Patriots did close it to a three-point game at the break.

“We knew it would be a game of runs, and fortunately, we had a few more runs than they did,” Pierce said. “I’m proud of our guys for stepping up defensively when they had to.”

The Athenians picked up their defense in the second half outscoring the Patriots 16-8 in the third as Alex Kellerman scored 10 of his team high 15 in the quarter and Ian Hensley five of his 13.

Seeger got it to down to eight early in the fourth quarter, but the Athenians converted their free throws and hit big shots to pull out the 17-point win.

Ziair Morgan had eight points, eight assists and five rebounds.

“I thought Ziair played a great game for us,” Pierce said. “He saw the floor well, hit some big shots, and he was able to get some steals with his quickness.”

The Athenians (5-2) will travel to Speedway on Tuesday to battle the Sparkplugs before breaking for the holiday.

“Speedway’s always physical and athletic,” Pierce said. “They’re going to press you and play multiple defenses. It will be a good test before we play in the Sugar Creek Classic.”

Crawfordsville 68, Seeger 51

Score by Quarters

Crawfordsville 11 21 16 20 - 68

Seeger 15 14 8 14 - 51

Crawfordsville (5-2, 1-1 SAC)

FG-FGA FT-FTA PTS: Ian Hensley 4-9 4-4 13, Mekhi Wallace 4-5 2-4 10, Ziair Morgan 2-8 2-2 7, Alex Hernandez 2-2 0-3 4, Gavin Kenny 0-1 4-4 4, Alex Kellerman 5-14 2-2 15, Cale Coursey 5-8 0-0 13, Ethan McLemore 0-0 2-2 2; Totals 22-47 16-21 68.

Seeger (3-4)

Owen Snedeker 9-12 0-0 19, Luke Pluimer 5-11 0-0 10, Cameron Laws 3-10 0-0 9, Christian Holland 2-5, 0-0 4, Kaiden Peterson 0-3, 0-0 0, Michael Winchester 3-5, 2-2 9;

Totals 22-46 2-2 51.

3-Point Shooting: Crawfordsville 6-15 (Coursey 3, Morgan, 1, Kellerman 1, Hensley 1), Seeger 5-16 (Laws 3, Winchester 1, Snedecker 1)

Rebounding: Rebounding:

Crawfordsville 35 (Hernandez 9), Seeger 23. (Holland 7)

Turnovers: Seeger 14,

Crawfordsville 7

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