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Game-winner overshadows Eagles' duo

Nick Gamble's three-pointer at the buzzer gave Homestead a 59-58 win over Columbia City on Friday, and it almost all but wiped out any memories of the gutsy performances by the Eagles' Drew Benedict and Austin Paul.

Benedict, the son of Columbia City coach Chris Benedict, scored 23 points and was pretty much a one-man run a couple of times to keep the Eagles in the game.

The 5-foot-10 Drew Benedict finished with seven three-pointers and hit three straight at one point to tie the score at 51.

"He doesn't like to lose," Chris Benedict said about his son.

Paul scored 13 points, but all of them came after he dislocated his pinkie and went back into the locker room for a couple of minutes in the first quarter.

Paul's two free throws with five seconds left gave the Eagles a 58-56 lead before Gamble's heroics.

"He's a pretty tough kid," Chris Benedict said. "He's one of those kids where a lot of times people don't ask about Austin. He is the glue to our defense and the glue to us getting good possessions on offense.

"Courageous effort on his part to come back and do that. I know he is in pain."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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