The Columbia Eagles are the last local high school boys hoops team still playing following a hard-fought victory Monday night over Monroe County rival Waterloo at the Class 3A Freeburg Regional.
The game was much closer than the 61-43 final score indicates, however.
Waterloo – which entered the game with a record of 7-24 and eight straight losses – actually led the Eagles after one quarter, 15-13. The game was tied at 20-20 late in the first half until a lay-in by Jacob O’Connor and a pair of free throws by Jackson Holmes gave Columbia the four-point halftime edge.
“I think our kids were a little nervous early, chasing a little bit on defense and taking some quick shots on offense,” Columbia head coach Mark Sandstrom said.
The Eagles (19-12) moved the ball inside to Cole Khoury more in the second half and capitalized on some wide open three-pointers when Waterloo double-teamed the 6-foot-8 senior.
“We were much more ourselves in the second half and executed much better,” Sandstrom said…>>>
Read more in the February 27, 2019, issue.
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