Nov. 19, 2013
SUGAR GROVE—The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team evened its record with wins Friday and Saturday at the Waubonsee Classic. The Chargers knocked off 11th-ranked Waubonsee 68-53 on Friday before staging a huge comeback in an 89-81 overtime victory Saturday against Oakton.
Trailing by 20 at halftime against Oakton, the Chargers outscored the Raiders 45-25 in the second half and 18-10 in overtime.
Sandburg (3-3) trailed Oakton 46-26 at halftime but rallied to force overtime, where it outscored Raiders 18-10. Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) and sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) each scored 21 to lead the Chargers. Sophomore forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) added 14 points and nine boards, and freshman guard Reggie Anderson (Decatur, Ill./MacArthur) scored 13 points.
A 47-24 edge on the boards — including 22 offensive rebounds — helped the Chargers upset Waubonsee on Friday. Hubbard led the Chargers with 21 points and 6 rebounds, and Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) added a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards. Anderson also had five points and 10 rebounds for Sandburg.
“What a great weekend for us,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “To beat the No. 11-ranked team in the country on their home floor was a great win for us. We started out very slow against a very good Oakton team, but we were able to make adjustments at halftime to help us come out and tie the game. It was great to see our guys respond in a positive manner after a very difficult first half. We have three home games this week, and we need to have a great effort in every game.”
The Chargers host St. Ambrose JV at 7:30 p.m. tonight at John M. Lewis Gymnasium. Anyone who donates a nonperishable food item, pet supplies, bleach or case of bottled water toward relief efforts from Sunday’s tornadoes in the Peoria area will receive free admission. Fans may drop off their items at the ticket table prior to the game. Monetary donations also will be accepted and will go toward tornado relief.