Col. City reaches 3-game losing streak

FORT WAYNE — Despite Columbia City Drew Benedict’s 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range, 15-1 Northrop beat the Eagles 70-56 Tuesday night in Fort Wayne.Northrop’s stand-out brothers Brenton and Bryson Scott combined for 42 of the Bruins 70 points. Bryson shot 13-of-16 from the field and led the team with nine rebounds, putting on quite a show for Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter, who attended the game in attempt to recruit the Scott brothers.Northrop jumped out to a 10-2 lead early in the game thanks to 11 points from Bryson Scott in the first quarter.Columbia City got in its groove midway through the first quarter, with Derek Hinen, Austin Paul, Daniel Woll, Jared Murphy and Benedict all connecting with the basket. Despite the Eagles’ rally, the Bruins still finished the first quarter with a 21-14 lead.Columbia City only scored 11 points in the second period, while giving up 20 to Northrop.The Eagles had six of its 14 turnovers in the second quarter.The Bruins went into the locker room at halftime with comfortable a 41-25 lead. Northrop may have gotten a little too comfortable, as Columbia City beat the Bruins in the second half, 31-29.The Eagles’ defense stepped up in the third quarter, holding Northrop to 13. Columbia City played in even match in the third, also chipping in 13 points.Hinen scored seven fourth-quarter points and Benedict added two 3-pointers in the fourth stanza to outscore Northrop 18-16.Both Hinen and Benedict led the Eagles with 15 points apiece, followed by Woll who added a steady 10 points.“We’re relying too much on our offense to outscore teams. We need to get back to our offense and defense complementing each other.”Columbia City travels to Norwell Saturday to face the 13-1 Knights. Norwell is undefeated in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.