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Columbia City scored more points from beyond the three-point line than the Braves did in the entire game in a blow out at the Teepee Friday night, 81-41 in favor of the Eagles.
It was a glimpse of just how talented the Northeast Hoosier Conference really is for Bellmont as Columbia City earned their first conference win and move to 12-1 on the season, while the Braves fall to 3-7 on the year including an 0-2 mark in the NHC.
The Braves' head man John Baker is well aware of the challenges his team faces in the coming weeks, "Our conference is tough. There will be no easy games and most of the teams in the NHC will be competing for a sectional title and beyond. All we can do is continue to get better and play four quarters each game. We've been inconsistent this year but we just have to keep moving forward with a positive attitude."
There was not much positive about Columbia City hitting 16 three-pointers in the game led by senior Drew Benedict who had six triples. The 5'10" Eagle guard practically hit a seventh three in the third quarter when he was fouled on a three-try and sank all three of the freebies giving him 21 in the ball game.
When the Braves focused on shutting down the three outside, the Eagles simply moved the ball inside to 6'6" center Daniel Woll who had a game-high 24 points including a three of his own.
"When they have that many weapons you have to pick your poison," explained Baker. "It was just hard to defend when everything falls for them. Some of their shots I felt we could have contested better when they're shooting without a hand in their face.
Columbia City jumped right out of the gate with a 16-3 lead led by three triples from Benedict early. He would hit a fourth before the quarter was through setting the tone and Bellmont faced a tall task down 31-10 after one quarter.