“That two was like he had hit 20 points,’’ Turner said. “He sealed his guy really well, got the offensive rebound, and then he did what he does in practice every day. He ball faked, showed the ball and went up strong.’’
Just being in a position to tie the game at end of regulation was quite an accomplishment for Carl Sanburg, which trailed 26-8 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half. The Chargers for a 15-minute stretch of the first half was just 1-of-18 from the field and they also committed 13 turnovers during that dreadful portion of the first half.
“(Wayne County) did a good job of taking us out of some things and we got some good looks, that didn’t go in,’’ Twaddle said. “We also turned it over and, obviously, when you turn the ball over, you don’t give yourself the chance to play defense.
“But, we kept our composure. The kids believe in what we are doing. We didn’t stray off the path and try to reinvent the wheel. We didn’t panic.’’
Instead, the Chargers (18-15) closed the first half with a modest 6-2 run, but in the second half, they came up with a 16-4 run with Vince Gooden draining three of his five second-half 3-pointers.
“Our mindset at halftime was that they are not knocking down any 3s, so we can cheat off and help on the penetration of their guard,’’ Turner said. “They found that 3-ball in the second half and we just could find ours.’’
Dererraul Jackson was one of three players in double figures for Wayne County with 15 points, while Shaun Duncan had 13 and Tyrie Flowers finished with 11. Jackson also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Standtke had a team-high nine rebounds.
Juwan Hubbard scored a game-high 19 points for Carl Sandburg to go along with nine rebounds and five assists, while Gooden came off the bench to score 15 points
With the victory, second-seeded Wayne County (26-4) advances into a 6 p.m. quarterfinal contest on Wednesday against Wake Tech, a 93-88 winner in overtime against Potomac State.
Carl Sandburg, looking for its first-ever win in the NJCAA Divsion II National Tournament, will play Potomac State, who is also looking for its first-ever victory in the national tourney, in a 3 p.m. consolation bracket game on Wednesday.