By Nicole Minier
COLUMBIA CITY — Despite an all-out attack put on by Churubusco’s boys basketball team in the third quarter, Columbia City’s boys basketball team came away with a 60-43 win over their county rivals last Tuesday in the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.
Columbia City went into halftime with a 32-17 lead, but Churubusco came out of the locker room on fire, holding Columbia City to just one field goal in four minutes of play, while closing the gap on the score.
“I thought we played a pretty good first half and went into the locker room with a lot of momentum,” said CC head coach Brett Eberly. “In the start of the third quarter they stole all of it back.”
’Busco’s offensive charge was led by freshmen Luke McClure and Zane Burke, who scored six points apiece. By the end of the quarter, Churubusco outscored Columbia City 18-6, trailing only by three heading into the fourth quarter — but ’Busco couldn’t hold onto the momentum.
“Going into the fourth quarter, we ran out of gas,” said Churubusco head coach Chris Paul.
Columbia City’s Mitchell Wilson started the fourth quarter with a three-point play, which was answered by a 3-pointer by ’Busco’s McClure — but that was the end of Churubusco’s run.
Columbia City ran off nine straight points. McClure scored again, but Columbia City went on another tear, scoring seven more points before ’Busco’s Garrett Horn knocked down a three pointer.
The game ended with a bucket by Ethan Christen, making the final score 60-43.
“It was a hard-fought win,” Eberly said. “Churubusco is very scrappy. Fortunately we were able to make enough plays in the fourth quarter.”
What did it take for Columbia City to keep from losing it’s lead?
“Guts. Our guys had a lot of guts to take control of the basketball game,” Eberly said. “It was hard to get that momentum back.”
Coach Paul was disappointed in the outcome after his team fought hard to come back.
“We have the chance to be really, really good,” Paul said. “As coaches we don’t like to be patient. I know it’s there.”
Paul said his team especially needs to work on having a better start to the game.
“We could have played that hard in the first two quarters — not wait until we are down by 12 points,” Paul said. “I know it’s in them.”
Columbia City was led in scoring by Michael Sievers and Mitchell Wilson with 17 points apiece.
The Columbia City sophomores scored 17 of the Eagles’ 22 fourth-quarter points.
Eberly also noted the work of Ethan Christen and Garrett Roehling, who didn’t put many points on the scoreboard, but contributed in other valuable ways.
“The way they rebounded the ball to extend the lead — those guys are unsung,” Eberly said.
Churubusco was led in scoring by McClure with 13, Horn with 11 and Burke with 10.