March 3, 2014
OGLESBY—The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team upset top-seeded Kishwaukee 76-70 on Sunday to advance to the championship of the Region IV tournament.
The fifth-seeded Chargers (17-14) will play No. 3 seed Olive-Harvey at 5 p.m. Saturday at Elgin for a trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament. Olive-Harvey defeated Sandburg 80-75 on Dec. 18 in Chicago in the teams’ lone meeting this season.
Sandburg has never won the Region IV tournament. The Chargers have reached the championship game twice, finishing as runner-up in 1985 and 2002.
Sandburg was swept by Kishwaukee (25-7) in both regular-season meetings but jumped to a 30-19 advantage Sunday for its biggest lead of the game. The Chargers led 37-36 at halftime.
Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) scored 24 points, sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) had 15 points and 13 rebounds and freshman guard Jared Entwistle (Mason City, Ill./Illini Central) added 10 points to lead Sandburg. The Chargers also had a 41-36 edge on the boards.
“We did a great job today of sticking to the game plan,” Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said. “Our men executed very well today. We beat a very good Kishwaukee team today, and I hope we are able to carry our focus onto the championship game.”