DANVILLE - Crawfordsville made the trip to Danville Friday evening looking to spoil the Warriors perfect Sagamore Athletic Conference record. However, the Warriors showed why they are ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 3A poll, as they pulled away from the Athenians 75-39, to claim back-to-back conference championships.

Crawfordsville started the game attacking Danville's 1-3-1 half court defense and getting lay-ups. The Athenians held a 6-4 advantage midway through the first, which caused the Warriors to switch to man.

"To make Danville come out of their 1-3-1 half court trap, and go to man-to-man, says you're executing," said Athenian mentor David Pierce. "They played that defense the entire game against Tri-West, so that was exciting to see."

However, Danville would close the quarter on a 10-4 run to hold a 14-10 lead after one.

Crawfordsville couldn't buy a basket in the second. Sam Page's rebound basket, at the 6:40 mark, was their lone basket of the quarter. The Athenians shot 6 percent, on 1-18, in the quarter.

Danville hit 75 percent of their shots in the quarter, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, to take a 32-12 lead to Halftime.

Crawfordsville found their range in the third. They shot 57 percent, including 63 percent from long range, scoring 21 points in the quarter. However, Danville shot 62 percent, including Luke Callahan's 5-of-5 effort, to outscore the Athenians 23-21.

"At halftime, we made some good adjustments and had some kids step up," said Pierce. "I was proud of our effort. I thought we battled. To come out in the third and put 21 on the board, I thought that was good."

Danville would outscore Crawfordsville 20-6 in the final eight minutes for the final margin.

"We had a couple guys get burnt on the ball consistently, and that hurt us," commented Pierce. "It allowed them to get to the line (they converted 23-of-32), plus, it put two key players in foul trouble."

The Warriors (17-3, 7-0 SAC), who outrebounded Crawfordsville 41-24, shot 63 percent from 2-point range, were led in scoring by Callahan's double-double. The 6-foot-7 senior had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Austin Cowart and Ryan Cloncs joined him in double figures with 11 each. They outscored the Athenians 40-14 in the paint.

The Athenians (6-15, 1-6 SAC) were led by seniors Sam Page and Nick Corbin, each finished with eight. Elliott Stewart led them with six boards.

The Athenians dropped the Junior Varsity contest to move to 8-13.

The Athenians will celebrate senior night next Friday as the Class A, No. 1 Covington Trojans pay a visit. JV game starts at 6 p.m.