Eagles, Homestead square off tonight

FORT WAYNE — The Northeast Hoosier Conference’s top dogs go head-to-head in Fort Wayne tonight, as Homestead plays host to Columbia City.Both teams are 2-0 in the NHC, and both teams have won by substantial margins. Columbia City topped East Noble 76-35 and Bellmont 81-41. Homestead beat Carroll by a 70-56 score and East Noble 71-20.The teams match up statistically, as Columbia City averages 66.4 offensive points per game, compared to Homestead’s 67.6 points. The Eagles have a slight advantage defensively, as they have given up an average of 41.4 points per game, and Homestead has allowed its opponents 55.3 points.Columbia City is coming into the game on a four-game win streak, suffering its only loss to Munster in December’s holiday tournament, 66-54. Homestead also lost to Munster, 63-61.The Spartans have also fallen to Concordia (11-1), 55-48 and Merriville (9-1), 79-60.Two of Columbia City’s eight losses last season came from the Spartans, who dominated the conference with an undefeated record. Columbia City is looking to break a six-year losing streak to the Spartans, as the Eagles haven’t beaten them since 2007.The NHC title game may be played tonight on Homestead’s turf, as both teams have proven to be the conference leaders. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 10 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.