The Canton Charge fought back from a deficit after trailing the entire first half to hand a defeat to the Delaware 87ers 98-85 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark this past Saturday. The win jumps the Charge up to 16-9 for the season as they hit the midway point while Delaware drops to 5-21. The season stands at 2-2 between the two teams.
Delaware came out shooting in the first two quarters hitting 63% from the field while holding the Charge to 38% resulting in a 54-41 lead for the 87ers at the half. The second half began as Delaware piled it on until they had achieved a 63-48 advantage with 6:56 remaining in the third quarter. It was then that Canton hit the afterburners.
As time ticked in the third, the Charge put together a 20-7 run while hitting 7-of-9 from the foul line and forcing a total of six turnovers. It was the Charge down by two at 70-68 going into the fourth. The Charge kept on the pressure with a 6-1 run to begin the final block and overtook the home team when Shane Edwards did an under the rim layup with 10:48 left to play. Three lead changes later, the Charge took the game out of reach with a 16-0 run in the final 6:26 and it was so long its been good to know you.
Canton outscored Delaware 57-31 in the second half, forcing 17 turnovers for 22 points while surrendering the ball just six times for two points. The Charge starters combined for 75 of the team’s points.
Kevin Jones notched his sixth double-double of the year in a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds with a season-high four steals in 37 minutes. Cavaliers assignment Sergey Karasev netted 16 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes, while fellow Cleveland rookie Carrick Felix added 10 points, six assists, two steals and three blocks in 33 minutes. Jorge Gutierrez scored 13 points on 9-of-11 free-throw shooting with five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 38 minutes.
Delaware’s Tiny Gallon led all scorers with 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds in 41 minutes. Matt Bouldin scored 12 points with seven assists in 40 minutes. Ben Strong supplied seven points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes, while Mfon Udofia came off the bench with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes. The Charge are now 13-3 when holding opponents below 100 points this season.
The Charge is back at home in the Civic Center for Cavs Night on Friday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. The contest features a Charge drawstring bag giveaway presented by Edible Arrangements, appearances from the Cleveland Cavaliers game entertainment teams, Cavaliers Legends and more all starting at just $7!
To purchase single game tickets or for all general ticket information, fans can call 1-866-444-1944 or visit www.CantonCharge.com/tickets.