Eagles advance to semi-finals

WATERLOO — After suffering a one-point loss earlier this season to the Barons, the Columbia City boys basketball team exacted revenge Tuesday night in Waterloo, winning 47-40 and advancing to the sectional semi-finals Friday night.The semi-final game against North Side is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Eagles took a 14-8 lead in the first quarter with Derek Hinen scoring all six of his points in the first eight minutes.DeKalb only scored four points in the second quarter. Columbia City had four points in the period until Hinen stole the ball, took it up the court and dished it off to Drew Benedict for a 3-pointer with 2:25 left in the half.Benedict’s trey was the last bucket of the second period, giving the Eagles a 21-12 lead at halftime.The Barons stole the momentum back midway through the third quarter, scoring seven unanswered points and cutting the lead to three with two minutes remaining in the stanza.Benedict knocked down back-to-back buckets, leaving Columbia City with an uneasy 29-24 lead going into the fourth quarter.Excluding a pair of free throws by Matt Rethlake and two field goals by Austin Paul, Daniel Woll took over in the final eight minutes, all but six of the Eagles’ 18 points.Columbia City shot 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth period to take the 47-40 win.Woll led the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block. Benedict had 14 points and three assists. Derek Hinen, who averages in double-digits, tallied six points, three assists and a steal.Austin Paul had four points and five rebounds. Though Columbia City outrebounded DeKalb 19-17, the Barons had seven offensive rebounds, including four in one possession, a flaw Coach Benedict said the team will have to fix by Friday’s semi-finals.“We were so concerned with closing out on their shooters that we didn’t rebound very well,” Benedict said. “Friday is going to be a different ball game. We are going to have to execute offensively, we’re going to have to take care of the basketball and obviously defensively we’re going to have to do a much better job of rebounding.”