It was a tight contest throughout, with Griffin Christian (6-1) leading 12-11 after one quarter, 22-19 at the half and 36-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
GCHS was missing seniors Anthony Lewis (All-Star football game), Blake Yancey (SAT test) and Austin Craft (SAT), but bench players Jonathan Hammond (11 points), Wil Savage (6 pts) and Richard Bennefield stepped up in their absence.
GCHS was also boosted by the return of Elias Seise, who also took the SAT on Saturday but made it to the game and led the Crusaders with 14 points.
Lee Neidert added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals for GCHS and Matt Hammond had 8 points and 7 assists.
Austin Gill also nabbed 9 rebounds for GCHS.
"We're playing good defense right now. We've had guys step up without Anthony here and guys stepped up today when we didn't have Blake and Austin," said head coach Mic Savage. "I am very proud of the guys and how they played in this tournament."
Next week, the Crusaders will face three good teams at home in LaGrange (Tues.), Macon Area Christian (Thurs.) and Mt. Vernon (Fri.) — all 3 of those home games will be broadcast over the Internet.