COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’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) wasn’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 didn’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 Haven’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 Bulldog’s lead to four, but New Haven’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 team’s play defensively. "We gave up 69 points tonight. 69 points at home. That is unacceptable,” 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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