Eagles drop two tourney games

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team is off to a struggling start in the squad’s holiday tournament. The Eagles hosted the opening day of the Carroll Shootout, but home-court advantage wasn’t enough for Columbia City, as the team fell 57-41 to Mooresville in the opening game at noon, and 62-30 to Munster in the late game Friday.Columbia City’s Justin Bachelder led the Eagles against Mooresville with 11 points.Columbia City faced a 13-8 deficit in the first quarter, that was extended to 28-20 at halftime. The score was 40-30 at the end of the third period, and Mooresville sealed the 57-41 final by outscoring Columbia City 17-11 in the final eight minutes.Columbia City out-rebounded Mooresville 30-19 and shot 50 percent from behind the arc.The Eagles struggled with ball control, giving up 15 turnovers while Mooresville had none. Against Munster, the Eagles posted 19 turnovers, while Munster racked up 14 steals.After a competitive first quarter, 18-10, Munster nearly held Columbia City scoreless in the second quarter, with the Eagles only grabbing one point to Munster’s 22, making the score 30-11 at halftime. The visitors continued to pour on the heat in the third quarter, outscoring Columbia City 14-10 to make the score 44-21 going into the fourth quarter.Columbia City’s Brachen Hazen led the Eagles with eight points, and Mason Coverstone finished the day with 16 points between both games.The Eagles are back in action today at Carroll, facing New Castle at 10 a.m.