Dec. 19, 2013
CHICAGO—The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team’s nine-game winning streak ended with an 80-75 loss at Olive-Harvey on Wednesday night.
Playing for the second time in as many nights, the Chargers (10-4) trailed 41-31 at halftime. Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) scored a team-high 20 points, and sophomore forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) grabbed a team-best 18 rebounds. Sandburg also got 14 points from sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) and 13 from sophomore forward Jeremy Brown (Chillicothe, Ill./Illinois Valley Central).
“Back-to-back games really hurt us this week,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “Juwan was playing very well but missed quite a bit of time late in a close game because of cramps. We gave a good effort after playing last night and having a long trip to Chicago today. We didn’t get the win, but winning nine in a row and giving everything we had left in the tank tonight is all us coaches can ask for.”
Sandburg will travel to face unbeaten Indian Hills (Iowa), the top-ranked team in NJCAA Division I, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Chargers’ last game before Winter Break. Sandburg’s first game after break is at 3 p.m. Jan. 4 against McHenry County at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
“We get a day of rest, then we play the best team in the country at their place Friday,” Twaddle said. “We are looking forward to the challenge.”