FORT WAYNE — For Columbia City’s fifth game in five days, head basketball coach Chris Benedict is pleased.
“Sometimes it might not be the prettiest, but our guys make the plays to win the basketball game,” Benedict said. “They do a really good job of finding a way to get the job done.”
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 Eagles’ 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 didn’t score until the first play of the second half, as Northridge’s defense didn’t allow a single 3-pointer from Columbia City’s sharp shooter. Benedict scored seven of his 11 points from the charity stripe — 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 City’s blocks. He also led in steals with two.
Columbia City is back in action Friday at Bellmont.