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Sandburg Rally Comes Up Short Against Sauk Valley

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Jan. 31, 2014
GALESBURG—Sauk Valley took a double-digit lead into halftime and held on to beat the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team 72-64 in Arrowhead Conference action Thursday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Chargers (12-10, 2-4) trailed 22-21 in the first half after a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Matt Sagona (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville), but the Skyhawks (10-10, 2-3) closed the half with a 14-4 burst to lead 36-25 at halftime.

Sandburg, which dropped its third in a row, closed to within 62-59 with 3 minutes, 11 seconds to go in the game after consecutive baskets by sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) from feeds by sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford), but Sauk Valley responded with five straight points and closed it out.

“We turned it over way too much, especially playing against a zone,” said Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle, whose team had 20 turnovers. “We need to find a way to take better care of the ball if we’re going to beat quality teams.”

Hubbard finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with six assists for the Chargers, and Powers added 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Jared Entwistle finished with eight points and five boards for Sandburg.

Carlos Hendrix led Sauk Valley with 18 points. John Murphy and Chris Fritsch each added 12 points for the Skyhawks.

The teams will play the back end of their home-and-home set when the Chargers travel to Sauk Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.