Beachem, Bulldogs hand Eagles third loss

NEW HAVEN — Columbia City’s boys basketball team lost its third game Friday night, falling to Northeast Hoosier Conference foe New Haven, 69-54.The Bulldogs (9-4) jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the opening three minutes, as the Eagles struggled offensively throughout the game.Columbia City shot 34 percent from the field in the first half and 41 percent on the game.Eagle Drew Benedict connected with two 3-pointers, three free throws and a field goal to lead Columbia City with 11 of its 15 first-quarter points.Benedict finished the game as the Eagles’ top scorer with 20 points.V.J. Beachem, who has committed to play for Notre Dame Next season, led New Haven with 22 points.The Bulldogs took a 21-15 lead after the first eight minutes. Columbia City rallied to bring the game within one possession four minutes into the second quarter, but New Haven pulled away at the half, holding a 34-26 advantage.Benedict scored two more 3-pointers and teammate Derek Hinen scored seven of his 14 points in the third quarter, the only period that the Eagles played an even match with the Bulldogs, as both teams scored 17 points.New Haven pulled away in the fourth, going on a 12-4 run to make the final score 69-54.Eagle Daniel Woll led the team in assists with four. Austin Paul was the top rebounder with five.