The Paper photo by Lori PoteetChandler Pursell put up 14 points in the Athenians' opener.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

Chandler Pursell put up 14 points in the Athenians' opener.
The Crawfordsville Athenians can enjoy their Thanksgiving knowing that they are the only boys' basketball team in the county to register a win. Southmont's first game was cancelled due to inclement weather early Wednesday, and North Montgomery fell to Speedway. The Athenians defeated the Greencastle Tiger Cubs by a final score of 66-54.

The Athenians came out of the gates and left know question about their defensive ideology. They were going to pressure the ball early and often. Led defensively by senior Jordan Jackson, Crawfordsville forced early turnovers and got nearly all their points in transition. Head coach David Pierce was happy with the pressure, but hoped for some more offensive sets.

"We always play hard defense," said Pierce. "And it's a good thing because we would have been in trouble otherwise. We didn't protect the ball well enough and we didn't run our offense at all. We scored transition points from our defense."

Most of the transition points came from Chandler Pursell, who had eight points in the 1st quarter before getting into foul trouble. Pursell would finish with a team high 14.

"It was awesome to be playing someone else," said Pursell. "Everyone contributed tonight, and we will get better at everything we do."

Greencastle hung around early on and trailed by only one at the half, mostly due to Holden King's 10 second quarter points.The Athenians pulled away in the third and fourth quarters. Hank Horner knocked down the first three shots he took in the fourth quarter to put it effectively out of reach. Horner finished with 11 points on the night.

The Athenians will now take their talents on the road to Benton Central on Saturday night.