Col. City picks up NHC win

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team rebounded from a Northeast Hoosier Conference loss to New Haven last week with a win over Norwell Saturday.The Eagles set the tone for the game from the opening possessions, stealing the ball from Norwell on its first two possessions — before the Knights could get a shot off.“We set the tone early in the game that we were going to be in control of it,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.The Eagles had a 23-10 lead after the first quarter, and a 42-20 advantage at halftime.It was more of the same in the third period, as Columbia City outscored Norwell 15-13.But Benedict knew the Eagles hadn’t seen the end of the Knights. The Knights outscored Columbia City 19-8 in the final eight minutes.“It happened at the end of the game and lucky for us, we had enough of a cushion,” Benedict said.The Eagles had four players — Daniel Woll (18), Austin Paul (16), Derek Hinen (12) and Drew Benedict (11) — score in double digits.“It was nice to see Austin come out and attack the basket,” Benedict said. “I think we had some really good balance.”For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.