The North Central Missouri College men's basketball team lost their season opener to the visiting Carl Sandburg (Illinois) Chargers, 89-82 on Saturday afternoon. The game, played at the Ketcham Community Center in Trenton, was broadcast on Hot Country Z 101.7.
North Central's freshman starting back-court tandem of Jory Woodson and Tyrell Thirkield lived up to early expectations, with Woodson leading the Pirates with 24 points, and Thirkield adding 13. Xavier Newson contributed 12 points for NCMC. Justin Seamon, a freshman guard out of Columbia, came off the bench to score nine points in the second half, while sophomore Tyler Peterson and freshman Jamin Brandt both had nine points. North Central lost freshman starting center Andrew Berry in the first half to a mouth injury. He was unable to return in the second half.
Carl Sandburg sophomore guard Jawan Hubbard was the star of the game, scoring 35 points to lead the Chargers in the victory. Twenty-six of those points came in the second half. Jeremy Brown controlled the paint for the Chargers, scoring 12 points, with wing Reggie Anderson adding 11, and Aaron Powers 10 points. The win evened Carl Sandburg's record at 1-1. The Chargers, on Friday night, lost at Moberly by a score of 90-81.
North Central looks for its first victory of the season on MONDAY NIGHT at 7 o'clock, hosting the University of St. Mary's junior varsity at the Ketcham Community Center in downtown Trenton.