Eagles finish on right side of NHC dogfight

COLUMBIA CITY — After coming out on the wrong side of a thriller against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Homestead last week, Columbia City’s boys basketball team won a close game against another conference opponent Saturday.Eagle Drew Benedict hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 46 seconds left to give DeKalb its first conference loss, 47-46.“They find a way to get it done,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said. “Sometimes it’s not always pretty.”Columbia City had an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter, a lead that slowly dwindled in the final eight minutes.Drew Benedict, who has shot as well as 90 percent from 3-point land this season, was 1-for-7 from behind the arc before his final shot.The game was tied at 44 with two minutes to play, when a Columbia City technical foul sent DeKalb to the free-throw line, putting the Barons up 46-44.The Eagles worked to get an open look before drawing a foul with 46 seconds to play, giving Columbia City the ball under its own basket.Benedict caught the ball at the baseline and fired off a 3-pointer that swished through the net to give the Eagles the 47-46 lead.The Eagles put up a strong defensive stand in the last 46 seconds, coming up with the final rebound to win.Columbia City is back in action Friday at New Haven, which is 3-0 in the NHC and 6-4 overall.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 21 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.