GALATIA -- Levi Vinson scored 13 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Crab Orchard Trojans hit some big free throws down the stretch to pull out an 84-76 hard-fought win before a packed house at Galatia Saturday night.
Crab Orchard hit 27-of-33 free throws in the game, including 17-of-21 in the fourth quarter to win the rubber match of the three games the teams played this year.
Sophomore Hunter Throgmorton dialed it in from long range in the second half and scored 16 in a well-balanced Trojan attack.
"I thought Throgmorton really stepped it up in the second half and hit some big threes," said Crab Orchard coach Jon Brown. "His play outside and (Quinten) Meyers' play inside, along with balanced scoring, really was the difference."
The biggest lead of the evening was six points by both teams, but the scrappy man-to-man defense by the Trojans with solid three-point shooting made the difference.
Crab Orchard outscored the Bearcats 24 to 12 behind the arc with Cameron Stephens and Throgmorton leading the way with three triples each.
Leading 42-36 at the half, the Trojans stepped up their game after intermission.
"I thought we played better the second half. We tightened our defense and rebounded the basketball a lot better," Brown said.
Meyers, a 6-foot-5 freshman, was a force on both the offensive and defensive ends with three steals and 11 rebounds to go with his 18 points.
Stephens was hawkish at the point of the Trojans' defense with four steals and four assists.
Galatia placed five players in double digits led by senior standout Will Pullium's 21 points while battling Meyers inside all evening.
The win upped Crab Orchard's record to 14-8 overall and 3-3 in Greater Egyptian Conference play prior to Monday's home game against Shawnee.
Galatia fell to 8-13 overall and is 4-3 in the GEC.