Wickert’s Heave Forces OT, but Chargers Fall to Braves

Feb. 28, 2013
GALESBURG—Sophomore guard Seth Wickert (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) hit a half court shot at the end of regulation to force overtime, but the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team lost to Black Hawk 70-64 in overtime Thursday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in a Region IV tournament quarterfinal.

 

Coming out of a timeout with 1.2 seconds left in regulation, freshman guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) found Wickert along the right baseline. Wickert took one dribble and launched a shot that banked in at the buzzer to tie the game at 56-56.

 

“It’s a play we practice a lot,” said Wickert, who scored a team-high 15 points. “After I released it, I knew it was on line and it had a chance. When I think back on my career, that’s probably the biggest shot I’ve ever hit. It would’ve been nice to win in the end, but to go out like that is something I’ll never forget.”

 

Black Hawk, though, scored 10 of the first 12 in overtime and held on to advance to Sunday’s semifinals.

 

Hubbard scored 13 points before fouling out in overtime, and freshman forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) added 10 points for the Chargers (19-12).

 

Sandburg jumped to a 13-point lead midway through the first half, but the Braves cut the Chargers’ lead to 32-29 at halftime. Sandburg led 52-45 in the second half, but Black Hawk used a 9-0 run to go ahead late until Wickert’s prayer.

 

The Chargers shot 5 for 14 from the free-throw line while Black Hawk hit 17 of 24 from the stripe. Cody Cooley led the Braves with a game-high 19 points. Duol Mayot added 13 points for Black Hawk.

 

“Offensive rebounds and free throws really hurt us,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “It was a great game and a great season, but that was a tough way to end it.”

 

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Seth Wickert

Seth Wickert