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Chargers’ Hubbard, Powers Score Big in Final Home Game

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Feb. 20, 2014
GALESBURG—Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) and sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) each scored 20-plus points in their final regular season home game, but the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team fell to Highland 103-67 on Sophomore Night on Thursday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in Arrowhead Conference play.

The Chargers (15-13, 5-6) came out hot early, hitting seven of their first eight 3-point attempts, and had a 29-22 lead with 9 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first half. League leader Highland, however, closed the half with a 14-2 burst to lead 50-37 at intermission and never looked back.

“I thought we pretty much dominated the first 19 minutes,” Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said. “We were playing really well in the first half, but once they made their run, that took all of our energy and momentum out of us.”

Hubbard led the Chargers with 25 points — 18 in the second half — and Powers finished with 21, highlighted by five 3s.

The Cougars placed six players in double figures and were paced by Deon Andrews, who scored a game-high 26 and had five treys.

The contest was the final home game for Sandburg’s seven sophomores — Hubbard, Powers, Zach Ziemba, Matt Sagona, Jake Warner, Mitch Wendling, Aaron Powers and Jeremy Brown.

Sandburg will close the regular season by playing at Sauk Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.