Col. City picks up NHC win
Columbia Cityâ€™s Keaton Reed looks for an open teammate Saturday against Norwell. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team rebounded from a Northeast Hoosier Conference loss to New Haven last week with a win over Norwell Saturday.
The Eagles set the tone for the game from the opening possessions, stealing the ball from Norwell on its first two possessions â€” before the Knights could get a shot off.
â€śWe set the tone early in the game that we were going to be in control of it,â€ť Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.
The Eagles had a 23-10 lead after the first quarter, and a 42-20 advantage at halftime.
It was more of the same in the third period, as Columbia City outscored Norwell 15-13.
But Benedict knew the Eagles hadnâ€™t seen the end of the Knights. The Knights outscored Columbia City 19-8 in the final eight minutes.
â€śIt happened at the end of the game and lucky for us, we had enough of a cushion,â€ť Benedict said.
The Eagles had four players â€” Daniel Woll (18), Austin Paul (16), Derek Hinen (12) and Drew Benedict (11) â€” score in double digits.
â€śIt was nice to see Austin come out and attack the basket,â€ť Benedict said. â€śI think we had some really good balance.â€ť
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