FORT WAYNE â€” For Columbia Cityâ€™s fifth game in five days, head basketball coach Chris Benedict is pleased.
â€śSometimes it might not be the prettiest, but our guys make the plays to win the basketball game,â€ť Benedict said. â€śThey do a really good job of finding a way to get the job done.â€ť
Columbia City topped Northridge 59-48 at the Memorial Coliseum Tuesday night in the Super Hoops Classic.
The Eagles were far from their 90 percent 3-point shooting display against Whitko in the season-opener. In fact, Columbia City shot 17 percent from behind the arc, one of the worst of the season.
Paul opened the game with a 3-pointer, helping Columbia City to its 9-0 lead in the first four minutes. Hinen and Daniel Woll combined for the rest of the Eaglesâ€™ first-quarter points, as Columbia City took a 13-8 lead. Hinen and Woll continued their tear in the second quarter, with nine more points.
The Eagles held a 29-19 lead at the half.
Drew Benedict didnâ€™t score until the first play of the second half, as Northridgeâ€™s defense didnâ€™t allow a single 3-pointer from Columbia Cityâ€™s sharp shooter. Benedict scored seven of his 11 points from the charity stripe â€” five in the third quarter.
The Eagles had a 13-point lead at the end of the third, but Northridge went on a 7-2 run to open the fourth period, closing the gap to 47-39.
Columbia City held onto its lead with two more buckets from Simmons, six points from Benedict and a dunk from Woll to hold on to an 11-point win, 59-48.
Woll led the team in assists with eight and had all three of Columbia Cityâ€™s blocks. He also led in steals with two.
Columbia City is back in action Friday at Bellmont.
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