Columbia falls to Freeburg in tournament’s fifth place game

Columbia’s Zach Mathews shoots a free throw during the Eagles’ final game of the holiday tournament. The Eagles struggled from the line, shooting 45 percent versus Freeburg’s 74 percent. For more photos from the tournament, visit the Media Store. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

Columbia (8-6), who lost to Waterloo in the first game of the tournament, 33-28, but then defeated Valmeyer and Civic Memorial, took on Freeburg (7-8) in the tournament’s fifth place game prior to the Waterloo/Murphysboro contest.

The Eagles, who were down by one at half and then were out scored 20-15 in the third quarter and 11-8 in the fourth, fell to Freeburg, 56-47.

They shot three percent better from the field than the Midgets, but their 45 percent free throw shooting compared to Freeburg’s 74 percent was too much for Columbia to overcome.

Columbia’s Michael Hunsaker had 13 points on the day and one assist, while Cole Mallinckrodt had 12 points, one steal and two assists against Freeburg.

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