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HUNTINGTON â€” Austin Paul, former Huntington North hoopster, joined Columbia Cityâ€™s basketball squad this season as a senior and a starter.
Paul faced a little extra anxiety Tuesday night when the Eagles traveled to Huntington for his first game against his former teammates since the transfer.
Despite the anxiety, Paul helped the Eagles to a 64-48 win over the Vikings.
â€śI was really nervous at first. I didnâ€™t know what the environment would be like,â€ť Paul said.
Huntington outscored Columbia City 21-12 in the first quarter, despite Paulâ€™s four points. But the lead wouldnâ€™t last long, as the Eagles rallied to score 21 second-quarter points and held the Vikings to seven.
â€śAfter the game got going I settled down and played my game,â€ť Paul said.
Eagle Drew Benedict closed the nine-point gap to one with three consecutive buckets, including a 3-pointer and a 3-point play.
With a 33-28 lead at halftime, Columbia City continued its pounding, outscoring Huntington 31-20 in the second half, winning 64-48.
Senior Daniel Woll had four blocks and five assists to go along with his 12 points.View more articles in: