Thus far this season the Canton Charge and Erie BayHawks have met a total of six times with the first five victories going to the Charge. That was changed last Friday as Erie got the upper hand and handed a 113-109 defeat to Canton at the Erie Insurance Arena. The loss drops the Charge to 11-7 for the season (8-4 in the East Division Race) while the BayHawks climb to 4-12.
The Charge managed to get within four points after a 15-8 run late in the game, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit that was as high as 18 points during the game. Erie took and held the lead after a Scott Suggs’ three pointer with 1:07 left in the first quarter. In spite of Canton forcing 20 turnovers on 10 steals for 21 points, the BayHawks still hit 41-76 from the floor for 54% shooting.
Canton’s Jorge Gutierrez led all scorers with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists and a block in 35 minutes. Kevin Jones added 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting with nine rebounds in 25 minutes. Bo Spencer came off the bench to net 17 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and a steal in 30 minutes. Robert Hite provided a spark of 17 points, five rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes.
Suggs paced the BayHawks with 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting with four assists in 39 minutes. Terrance Jennings provided 18 points and two blocks in 26 minutes of relief. Justin Brownlee posted a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. Ricky Davis scored 14 points in 38 minutes.
The two teams will wrap up the back-to-back set tomorrow night in Erie at 7:00 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action with a YouTube game steam and live game stats on CantonCharge.com.