For the first time in 32 years, the Crawfordsville boys basketball team has guaranteed itself at least a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title. With the 65-51 home victory Friday over Tri-West (their first since 2013), the Athenians remain perfect in the conference with the chance to win it outright next Friday against Danville.
“To win this conference you have to have a little bit of luck but you also have to earn it,” said Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce, “That has been our motto this season--Earn Everything--and these kids have done that. Whether it be grinding this summer or taking extra reps after practice, they have earned it.
“Of all the teams we’ve had, this group is different. They have completely bought into the team and have bought into each other. We are excited for the future.”
Despite the lopsided final tally, the contest was relatively close throughout a majority of the game. Crawfordsville only began to pull away late in the third quarter and early in the fourth when they began a 16-1 run that lasted over six and a half minutes.
“Our defense was the main reason we pulled away. Our scouting report was simple: keep your man in front of you at all times and block out. Our aggressiveness defensively led to offensive chances on the other end and we were able to hit our free throws down the stretch,” said Pierce.
Crawfordsville forced 16 Bruin turnovers while outrebounding them 26-21 on the night.
The Athenians were led by Karsten Williamson and Cameron Saunders. Williamson finished with 20 points and was 8-of-10 from the free throw line while Saunders was perfect from the line and contributed 17 points of his own.
“They were both phenomenal for us tonight. As a senior, Saunders stepped up and was perfect from the field and the free throw line. He really gave us a boost offensively,” said Pierce, “Williamson was great as well. They couldn’t stay in front of him and he was able to find driving lanes all night. His gave a real gutsy effort.”
Before their championship clash with the Warriors, Crawfordsville will welcome Clinton Prairie to town in their next contest on Tuesday with tip-off scheduled for 7:30.

Crawfordsville 65, Tri-West 51
Crawfordsville 16 9 21 19--65
Tri-West 10 13 18 10--51

Crawfordsville
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
Williamson 5-9 8-10 2 1 20
Saunders 6-6 5-5 7 0 17
Johnson-Hall 3-8 3-4 8 2 10
Scorza 2-8 5-6 4 3 10
Kellerman 1-4 0-0 2 3 3
Gonzalez 1-3 2-2 3 3 5
Totals 18-38 23-27 26 12 65
Percentages: FG .474, FT .852. 3-Pointer: 6-16 (Williamson 2-4, Gonzalez 1-1, Kellerman 1-2, Scorza 1-4, Johnson-Hall 1-3) Team Rebounds: 4.

Tri-West
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
Gardner 6-14 0-0 2 3 14
VanSlyke 6-9 0-0 3 5 12
Wolfe 3-3 3-6 4 5 10
Louiscek 4-9 0-0 2 0 10
Robertson 1-3 0-0 1 0 3
Covey 0-3 2-4 4 3 2
Totals 20-41 5-10 21 16 51
Percentages: FG .488, FT .500, 3-Pointer: 5-12 (Louiscek 2-4, Gardner 2-6, Wolfe 1-1, VanSlyke 0-1) Team Rebounds: 4.