Jan. 10, 2014
GALESBURG—Black Hawk East pulled away in the second half to hand the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team a 79-72 loss in the Arrowhead Conference opener for both teams Thursday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
Tied at 44 in the second half, the Warriors (8-8, 1-0) went ahead for good with an 8-0 run in just 56 seconds. Torrance Evans opened the burst with a 3-pointer and knocked down another when Black Hawk East retained possession because of a foul away from the ball. Stephane Rouek followed with a layup to give the Warriors, coached by former Charger Chance Jones, a 52-44 lead with 14:00 left. Sandburg (10-6, 0-1) never got closer than three the rest of the way.
“We hadn’t played for a while and it showed,” Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said. “It’s disappointing to come out after a long break and get outworked for 40 minutes on our home court in the conference opener.”
Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) scored a game-high 20 for the Chargers, including a 12-for-17 effort at the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) scored 17 and freshman guard Vince Gooden (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) hit three 3s and finished with 13 points for Sandburg.
Black Hawk East had four players reach double figures, led by Evans’ 17 points.
The Chargers host Triton at 5 p.m. Friday in the latter game of a men’s/women’s doubleheader at John M. Lewis Gymnasium. The Chargers women’s team will face John Wood at 3 p.m. in the opener.