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Heart-breaking head-scratcher

March 8, 2013

Fans in Columbia City’s student section agonize over the Eagles’ difficult one-point loss in the sectional semifinal last week. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

HUNTERTOWN — Puzzled. Frustrated. Confused. Melancholy. Dumbfounded.

That’s how many fans felt in the final seconds of Columbia City’s last game of the season against DeKalb.

A week after the blow, many Eagle followers are still scratching their heads — what happened?

The Eagles suffered a difficult, one-point loss to the Barons in the sectional semifinal last Friday after an extremely rare call by the referees in the last 2.5 seconds — a “blarge.”

A blarge is a slang term used by officials, when a block and charge are called at the same time.

Columbia City secured a 45-44 advantage, and with 11.9 seconds left, DeKalb had possession of the ball.

Then it was the clash of two Austins.

Baron Austin Macy drove to the hoop, and Columbia City’s Austin Paul, who led the team with 12 drawn charges on the season, got in position to take another one.

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