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MARION â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team held on for a win Saturday afternoon at Marion after the Giants made it a one-possesion game with two minutes left to play. The Eagles walked away with their 12th win of the season, 71-66.
Four of the five Columbia City starters had double-digit scoring with senior Matt Rethlake leading the team offensively for the first time this season with 18 points. Daniel Woll posted a double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Drew Benedict (17) and Derek Hinen (11) also scored in double digits.
Though senior Brandon Gay didnâ€™t score in double figures, he had six assists, good for at least 12 points for Columbia City. â€śAll-in-all we got a lot of contributions from a lot of people,â€ť Coach Benedict said. â€śItâ€™s nice to see our guys bounce back.â€ť
Columbia City took a 15-11 lead in the first quarter and a comfortable 38-27 advantage at halftime.
Rethlake started the second half with a bucket, followed by a 3-pointer by Benedict and Rethlake hit a wide open lay-up after a pass from Woll to score seven points for Columbia City. The Giants outscored Columbia City 20-14 in the third period to cut the Eagle lead to five, 52-47.
The starters took over in the fourth quarter, collecting all 19 of Columbia Cityâ€™s points. After a pair of Hinen free throws, Marion got five points in a row to cut the Eaglesâ€™ lead to two with 6:31 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Benedict and a field goal from Woll padded the lead, 59-52 around the five-minute mark. The Giants kept the score compeititive until two minutes left when they were forced to foul.
Columbia CIty connected with 7-for-10 shots from the charity stripe to win, 71-66.
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