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Col. City seeking playmaker

December 3, 2013

Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said Justin Bachelder (pictured) has potential to be a play-maker this season. Nicole Ott/Post & Mail photo.

COLUMBIA CITY — Nearly every boys basketball team (with the exception of Churubusco, which returned all its players from last season) has been working to identify and fill the gaps left behind by players who graduated last year.

Columbia City all-too-familiar with that, as nearly all of its starters graduated last season. While Mason Coverstone has filled the void of Drew Benedict’s strong 3-point shooting, and sophomore Brachen Hazen has taken charge of the inside, formerly played by Daniel Woll and Austin Paul, the Eagles are still feeling a void from the loss of Derek Hinen — Columbia City’s point guard who wasn’t afraid to drive to the basket.

“We haven’t found someone yet who is willing to make a play and put the ball on the floor,” Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said. “We have to have some penetration. We need someone who can drive and either make the bucket or find an open guy.”

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