Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Daniel Woll races two New Haven defenders to the hoop.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team was feeling a little extra blue after losing its second game in a row Friday night. The Eagles wore blue jerseys in support of prostate cancer awareness and auctioned them during the game, raising over $3,000.
Unfortunately, Columbia City (10-3) wasnâ€™t as successful on the court, losing 69-63 to New Haven (9-2).
The teams combined for six points in the first four minutes, while tallying 22 in the rest of the period. The Eagles faced a six point (16-10) deficit going into the second quarter and the momentum quickly spiralled downhill from there. New Haven outscored Columbia City 13-3 in the beginning of the second quarter, scoring only from three free throws by Matt Rethlake.
But the Eagles didnâ€™t give up, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for four minutes while rallying to nearly tie the score at halftime, 31-30.
Columbia City finally took the lead with 3:38 left in the game from a pair of Hinen free throws. That was the first and only lead the Eagles had, as New Havenâ€™s V.G. Beachem, finished the game off with six of his 24 points in the final two minutes.
With a 67-60 deficit and 15 seconds left in the game, Brandon Gay hit a 3-pointer to cut the Bulldogâ€™s lead to four, but New Havenâ€™s Kyle Sovine sealed the game with a pair of free throws to make the final score 69-63.
Coach Benedict said he was dissatisfied with the teamâ€™s play defensively. "We gave up 69 points tonight. 69 points at home. That is unacceptable,â€ť Benedict said.
Columbia City's upcoming opponents are Northrop (Jan. 31), Norwell (Feb. 4), Carroll (Feb. 9) and Homestead (Feb. 14).
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