Jan. 15, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team had five players score in double figures in a 77-65 Arrowhead Conference victory over Sauk Valley on Tuesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
Freshman forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) paced the Chargers (11-6, 2-1) with 20 points – 10 in each half. Sophomore guard Zach Grover (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) hit three 3-pointers and scored all 13 of his points in the second half as the Chargers overcame a 31-28 halftime deficit.
“As silly as that sounds, that’s what helped us break the game open,” Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said. “Zach knocking down some shots really opened up a lot of other things for us offensively.”
Freshman guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) and freshman forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) each scored 12, and sophomore guard Seth Wickert (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) added 11 points for Sandburg.
The Chargers trailed 38-32 with 16 minutes, 46 seconds left but took a lasting lead at 46-44 when freshman guard Dylan Ervin (Washington, Ind./Washington) got a steal and fed Powers for a layup with 11:22 to go. Grover then followed with back-to-back 3s from the top of the key and the Chargers never looked back.
“We came out in the second half and rebounded a lot better and played with a lot more effort on defense,” Powers said. “We needed this win really bad.”
Daven Ottley, a 6-foot-7 forward, scored a game-high 24 for the Skyhawks, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
The Chargers are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for an Arrowhead contest at Black Hawk East. Sandburg’s next home game is 7:30 p.m. Monday against Monmouth JV.