Slow Second Half Prove Too Much for Hubbard

Bill Heath, Senior Sports Editor

In a tight game, every point, every possession matters.  Hubbard’s slow third quarter doesn’t live up to that standard, and it proved detrimental in a 61-56 loss to Liberty on Tuesday, January 29th.  After a BJ Fronzaglio game-winning runner in the JV game, Hubbard came out energized against an athletic Liberty squad.  The first half belonged to Sophomore Derek Kopanic, and Senior captain Gregg Santullo who had 14 & 8 at the break, respectively. In the third, the Leopards came out firing, Liberty missed a lot of shots, but due to size, won the rebounding margin by 13, which allowed for crucial second chance opportuntities. Jordan Thomson got his in the 2nd half, scoring the majority of his twelve, while Derek hit two more threes, and Aaron Loveless chipped in with two buckets and defense.  The Eagles look to build off of the effort from Tuesday into their Friday-Saturday doubleheader against Niles and McDonald. Hubbard is looking for a big crowd, especially against Niles, a division rival.