What a difference a day makes. After a defeat Saturday at the hands of the Iowa Energy that snapped their six game winning streak, the Charge traveled to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines to return the favor. The 93-84 victory improved Canton to 13-9 with a 2-1 edge in the season series between the two teams. Iowa meantime drops to 6-12.
Iowa thought they had the game in the bag with a 24-20 lead in the first quarter with a 53% 10-of-19 shots going in. Canton was not to be denied as they rallied back with a 16-7 run of their own in the last 4:14 of the first half to take a 50-46 lead. In all, the Charge scored 30 points in the second quarter, including eleven buckets from Dominique Johnson.
The third quarter found the Canton Charge adding to their lead to the point of being 16 points ahead at one point while allowing only 15 points by the Energy who only managed 6-18. The Charge also took advantage of getting inside the paint with 30 of their 43second half points coming from high percentage shooting.
On the heels of one of his best performances of the season last night, Micheal Eric exceeded his season-best points total for the second night in a row, notching his sixth double-double of the year with 23 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes.
Johnson finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. Jorge Gutierrez contributed 13 points with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes. JaJuan Johnson, eighth in the D-League in blocks with 1.9 per game, swatted four shots with two points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. Antoine Agudio and Kyle Gibson each added 11 points for the Charge.
Iowa was led by Paul Harris’ 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 25 minutes of relief off the bench. It was Harris’ second double-double in as many nights off the bench against Canton. Chris Wright scored 16 points with eight assists and two blocks in 35 minutes. Morris Almond poured in 16 points with four rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes. Terrence Jennings had 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks in just 19 minutes.
Canton will next return home for a back-to-back set with the Springfield Armor on January 19th & 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Civic Center. Friday night will feature $1 hot dogs presented by Sugardale and postgame free throws for any fan 18-and-under. Tickets start at just $7 and fans can receive more information by heading to www.CantonCharge.com.
In other Canton Charge News:
Charge teams with Longbridge Wealth Advisors in charitable program to “Assist” the Akron Children’s Hospital
The Canton Charge is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with Akron-based Longbridge Wealth Advisors to benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital. Longbridge will provide a $50 charitable donation to the hospital for every assist that the Charge makes in home games throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The proceeds, estimated at $10,000 for the season, the donation will be used by Akron Children’s Hospital in order to enhance their care and facilities used by families throughout Northeast Ohio.
“When we were given the opportunity as a corporate partner to select the recipient of the assist donation program, my first thought was Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Jack Elgin, one of the managing partners at Longbridge Wealth Advisors. “The professionals there have provided remarkable care for my children over the years and this community is truly fortunate to have a facility of its caliber. All of us at Longbridge are grateful for the opportunity to team up with the Canton Charge and show our appreciation for such an asset to our community.”
“In just our second season in the NBA Development League, the Charge has been fortunate to have corporate partners like Longbridge step forward to help us strengthen our connection to the community and fans,” said Charge VP/COO Alan Mowrey. “We commend them for their decision to use the proceeds to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. This is a worthy organization that touches the lives of most of us in the greater Akron/Canton community.”
The assist donation program will work in conjunction with the Charge’s community initiatives and the NBA D-League Cares programs. Through NBA D-League Cares, the Charge works to address important social issues with a special emphasis on programs that support education, local community building and youth basketball. NBA D-League teams host a variety of outreach projects that strive to enrich the lives of people who live and work in their nearby communities. Through the NBA D-League’s programs, teams also establish a close connection to their local communities by providing unparalleled time and access to the players, coaches and staff.
Longbridge Wealth Advisors is an independently-owned financial services firm specializing in providing wealth management and investment advisory services to affluent families, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and corporate benefit plans. For more information, head to www.longbridgewealth.com.