COLUMBIA CITY — Less than a week after receiving their first votes in the Associated Press poll, Columbia City’s boys basketball team lost its first game of the season Friday.
Their opponent was no slouch. The Munster Mustangs are 8-0 and ranked No. 5 in the state by the AP. Columbia City played a tight first half with the Mustangs before falling 66-54.
The Eagles took 4-0 and 7-2 leads early in the first quarter with buckets by Daniel Woll and Derek Hinen, holding Munster to two field goals in the first four minutes.
But the Mustangs quickly retaliated, going on a 12-6 run to take the lead at 14-13 with a minute left in the first quarter. Drew Benedict nailed two 3-pointers in the last 47 seconds of the period to take a 19-14 advantage going into the second quarter.
Woll opened the second with a 3-pointer of his own, but that would be the only field goal the Eagles scored in the entire eight minutes, as free throws from Austin Paul and Benedict rounded off Columbia City’s scoring.
Munster, on the other hand, scored 16 points to take the lead at halftime, 47-39. The Mustangs outscored Columbia City 17-12 in the third, led by Nate Bubash who talled six points in the period.
Bubash continued his bashing in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 more of his 23 points to hang on to Munster’s 66-54 win.
Columbia City topped Blackhawk Christian 76-29 in the morning session of Friday’s holiday tournament.
Columbia City High School, along with East Noble, was host to the opening round Friday, with the final games played at Carroll today. The Eagles play at noon at Carroll.