It only took the Canton Charge 24 hours to shake the dust off and come back to defeat the Erie BayHawks 107-96 last Saturday in front of a large hometown crowd of 3,863 at the Erie Insurance Arena. This takes the Canton Charge season record to 12-7 overall and 6-1 against Erie this season while the BayHawks slip to 4-13.
Canton came out charging by forcing four turnovers for eight points in the first 4:38 of the opening quarter on the way to a 14-2 run. Both teams het for 50% but Canton was in the lead at the buzzer 30-23 with Jorge Gutierrez claiming 11 points on 4-of-7 attempts with two steals.
The Charge was up by as much as 13 points in the second quarter when the BayHawks rallied and closed out the half with a 10-4 run in the last 3:07. Although Canton was held to just 9-of-24 shooting prior to the half for 38% they were able to stay on top 55-48 due to seven offensive rebounds.
The third quarter was all Charge as they went on a 36 point tear by shooting 14-of-18 from the field for a more than respectable 78%. At one point they were ahead by as much as 21 points. Shane Edwards hit all five attempts for eleven points and Kevin Jones was good for ten of his own. With the beginning of the last quarter it was Canton with the 91-70 advantage.
Mirroring Erie’s game of just the night before, Canton kept the lead the entire game following their opening score. The Bay Hawks managed to cut the lead to seven with 1:42 left but the Charge shut the door by hitting 8-of-10 free throws.
Six players scored in double figures for the Charge, led by Gutierrez’s 19 with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes. Jones finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes. Edwards netted 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting with three assists in 25 minutes. Gilbert Brown had his seventh straight double digit scoring game with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes.
The BayHawks were led by Mustafa Shakur’s 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five rebounds in 39 minutes. CJ Leslie came off the bench to provide 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes. Justin Brownlee added 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes. Erie surrendered the ball 20 times for 24 points, while Canton had just 10 turnovers that resulted in 16 points.
Canton will next travel east to face rival Springfield taking on the Armor in a two-game set beginning on Friday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action with a YouTube game steam and live game stats on CantonCharge.com.
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