“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over!”, was the battle cry of the Canton Charge as they fought back from their biggest deficit of the season against the Texas Legends in a 112-94 victory. The Tuesday afternoon game was part of the 2014 NBA Development League Showcase being held this week at Reno, Nevada. The win furthers Canton’s season record to 11-6 while Texas falls to 10-6.
In the first quarter, Texas was able to keep close to the Charge with five forced turnovers for eight points. Canton responded to being on the low end of the 27-25 score by coming off a timeout and forcing five Legend misses as the Charge went on an 8-0 spree giving them a 33-27 lead at the buzzer. Gilbert Brown scored 11 points in the first quarter for the Charge.
Canton padded the score up to eleven points at 47-36 with 6:16 left in the half when Texas went on an incredible 25-2 run that held Canton to 1-of-8 shooting with four forced turnovers. Texas hit eight for eight and at one point 9-of-13 during the surge. The Legend also won the battle of the turnover forcing eleven for 18 points while they lost the ball just four times for six points. All combined, this resulted in a 61-49 Texas lead going into the lockers at the half way break.
The third quarter began grim for the Charge as they trailed by the double digits of 12 at one point. As has been their hallmark this season, they began to chip away at the lead by out-rebounding the Legends 15-4 in the quarter, forcing seven misses during Texas’ nine shot attempts and hitting their own shots. The result was a hard fought comeback to within one point as they headed into the fourth with the score 80-81 in favor of Texas.
After two possessions to start off the fourth, Robert Hite passed hard to Shane Edwards who slashed through the paint for a dunk and an 82-81 lead. This was all the incentive the team needed as they outscored Texas 32-13 while they held the Legends to just three made field goals total while forcing five turnovers for eight points. Edwards was responsible for twelve Charge points as the team led by as much as 20 while hitting 11-of-18 shots from the field for 61%.
Brown led Canton with 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 9-of-10 from the foul line with eight assists in 38 minutes. Edwards posted his second double-double in as many days with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 13 boards and a steal in 37 minutes. Kevin Jones added 16 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, while Bo Spencer came off the bench to provide 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 31 minutes. The Charge outrebounded the Legends 52-25 on the afternoon, the lowest total for any Canton opponent this season thus far.
Texas was paced by Devin Ebanks’ 27 points, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, with six rebounds in 42 minutes. Melvin Ely supplied 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds in 36 minutes. Mickey McConnell scored six points with 10 assists and two steals in 39 minutes. The Legends’ bench was outscored 35-13 in the game.
The Charge will next head to Erie for a back-to-back weekend set with the BayHawks beginning Friday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action with a YouTube game steam and live game stats on CantonCharge.com.