Garrett Memorial Christian School Saints hosted their arch-rivals' Columbia Christian Crusaders Tuesday night at home on senior night for a competitive encounter on the hardwood in varsity boys basketball action.

Garrett Memorial Christian School Saints hosted their arch-rivals' Columbia Christian Crusaders Tuesday night at home on senior night for a competitive encounter on the hardwood in varsity boys basketball action.

The Saints fought hard all night long, but the Crusaders would prevail in the end for the 76-66 win for a high scoring affair for both ball clubs.

In first quarter action, the Saints came out with the momentum and ended the period leading Columbia Christian, 14-10. Jordan Keener, Ty Watkins and Devin Harris all accounted baskets for the Saints side of the scoreboard in the opening period against the Crusaders.

In the second quarter, the Crusaders rallied back to outscore the Saints 24-14. Watkins, Keener, Harris, Hurt and Grayson Chambless each scored buckets for the Saints, but the Crusaders led at halftime, 34-28.

In the third quarter, the Saints made their comeback to cut their deficit and outscored Columbia Christian 22-19. At the end of three periods of action, the Saints trailed the Crusaders, 53-50.

In the fourth, the Saints dropped 16 points on the board, but the Crusaders added 23 points for both clubs posting in double-digits. Keener, Watkins, Matthew Lloyd and Chambless all scored from the field with Lloyd and Chambless scoring from behind the arc for 3-pointers made. In the end, Columbia Christian came out as the victors to edge the Saints on their senior night.

For the game, Saints' trio Watkins (22 points) and Keener (10 points) and Harris (11 points) led the scoring department for double-figures. Hurt finished with nine points, Chambless added seven points, Lloyd had three points, Rayden Vines and Clements contributed two points apiece.

The Saints looked to get back on track with more varsity hoops coming up and entering into the district tournament scheduled next month in February.