Columbia Cityâ€™s Daniel Woll goes up for a shot surrounded by three Carroll defenders Thursday. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
HUNTERTOWN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team beat Carroll by two points for the second time this season, winning 51-49.
The Eagles took on the Chargers in the holiday tournament Dec. 29, topping Carroll in a low-scoring, 45-43, game.
In Thursdayâ€™s official Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up, Carroll had a one-point lead with five seconds to go.
Sophomore Mason Coverstone â€” who hadnâ€™t scored since the first quarter â€” lined up on the baseline.
Senior Derek Hinen penetrated to the basket. As Carrollâ€™s defense collapsed on the Eaglesâ€™ double-digit scorer, Hinen kicked the ball out to Coverstone in the corner, who knocked down a 3-pointer right before the buzzer.
â€śOnce I realized my guy stepped over to stop Derek, I figured he was probably going to pass it to me,â€ť Coverstone said. â€śIâ€™m glad my teammates had faith in me to take the shot.â€ť
Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said Hinen did a good job executing the play.
â€śDerek did exactly what we wanted,â€ť Benedict said. â€śAt that point in the game, we just had to let Derek make a play â€” and thatâ€™s what he did.
â€śHe made the right pass and Iâ€™m really happy that Mason stayed with it. It was a tough match-up for him.â€ť
Austin Paul finished the game with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
â€śAustin had a really good game,â€ť Benedict said. â€śHeâ€™s being more and more aggressive offensively.â€ť
Also scoring in double-digits for the Eagles was Daniel Woll (11) and Hinen (10).
Carroll held Columbia Cityâ€™s Drew Benedict, who typically scores in double-digits, to a slim two points on Thursday.
â€śIâ€™m just happy for our guys to grind it out on the road,â€ť Benedict said. â€śOur seniors just find a way to win.â€ť
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