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HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team beat Carroll by two points for the second time this season, winning 51-49.
The Eagles took on the Chargers in the holiday tournament Dec. 29, topping Carroll in a low-scoring, 45-43, game.
In Thursday‚Äôs official Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up, Carroll had a one-point lead with five seconds to go.
Sophomore Mason Coverstone ‚ÄĒ who hadn‚Äôt scored since the first quarter ‚ÄĒ lined up on the baseline.
Senior Derek Hinen penetrated to the basket. As Carroll‚Äôs defense collapsed on the Eagles‚Äô double-digit scorer, Hinen kicked the ball out to Coverstone in the corner, who knocked down a 3-pointer right before the buzzer.
‚ÄúOnce I realized my guy stepped over to stop Derek, I figured he was probably going to pass it to me,‚ÄĚ Coverstone said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad my teammates had faith in me to take the shot.‚ÄĚ
Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said Hinen did a good job executing the play.
‚ÄúDerek did exactly what we wanted,‚ÄĚ Benedict said. ‚ÄúAt that point in the game, we just had to let Derek make a play ‚ÄĒ and that‚Äôs what he did.
‚ÄúHe made the right pass and I‚Äôm really happy that Mason stayed with it. It was a tough match-up for him.‚ÄĚ
Austin Paul finished the game with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
‚ÄúAustin had a really good game,‚ÄĚ Benedict said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs being more and more aggressive offensively.‚ÄĚ
Also scoring in double-digits for the Eagles was Daniel Woll (11) and Hinen (10).
Carroll held Columbia City‚Äôs Drew Benedict, who typically scores in double-digits, to a slim two points on Thursday.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm just happy for our guys to grind it out on the road,‚ÄĚ Benedict said. ‚ÄúOur seniors just find a way to win.‚ÄĚ
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