Gibault erased a 12-point deficit late only to fall again to Metro-East Lutheran at home on Friday night. But the Hawks bounced back strong on Saturday, toppling Nashville.
Columbia won a big conference road game on Friday and followed that up with a Saturday afternoon home win to remain undefeated. Waterloo claimed its second straight victory at home on Friday.
On Friday night, Gibault trailed by 12 points late in the fourth quarter, only to go on a 13-2 run and eventually tie the game at 45-45 with one minute remaining. But Teddy Fifer was just too much to handle for the Hawks, scoring 33 points to lead Metro-East Lutheran to the 49-45 victory.
Trevor Davis scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Hawks against Metro-East Lutheran.
On Saturday, Jacob Rueter led the way with 16 points and seven assists and Davis turned in a 15-point, 13-rebound performance as Gibault took down Nashville, 58-49. Brian Deterding added 13 points for the Hawks, who improved to 6-2.
The Columbia Eagles improved to 5-0 with a 57-51 win at Wesclin on Friday night, followed by a 62-56 victory at home over Miller Career on Saturday. Just like the first showdown with Wesclin to open the season, Columbia trailed at the half. But the Eagles came out strong in the third quarter to take control of the game and hand the Warriors a conference loss.
Korbin Farmer scored 14 points with 10 rebounds to pace Columbia against Wesclin. Jonathan Holmes was the star on Saturday, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds and six assists. Farmer added 13 points and fellow big man Drew Huebner scored 12.
Waterloo won its second consecutive game at home under new coach Dane Walter following an 0-5 start, taking down conference foe Triad on Friday night, 54-50. Griffin Lenhardt scored 18 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds to pace the Bulldogs. Ben Huels added 12 points and nine rebounds.
In other local boys basketball action, Valmeyer lost at New Athens on Friday, 47-31, despite 16 points from Michael Chism. Dupo dropped a 58-49 contest to Lebanon on Friday.
Read more in the Dec. 16 edition of the Republic-Times newspaper.