The Iowa Energy turned the tables on the Charge by using a fourth quarter run to defeat the Charge 103-86 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in front of 3,518 faithful Charge fans. The victory improved Iowa to 6-11 while the Charge drops to 12-9 for the season.
Canton started out strong and led the first quarter 29-20 due to 50% shooting from the field plus extra chances at the basket because of six Iowa turnovers. The Energy returned to the court in the second with a vengeance and lead 32-31 after a 12-2 run. From there it was back and forth lead changes with Iowa coming out on top 48-47 at the half.
In spite of seven lead changes and four ties in the third period, Canton started the fourth quarter ahead 72-71 due to their 56% shooting in the third. Then things got bad for the Charge. Iowa went on a 15-0 tear to begin the fourth quarter and at one point hit seven in a row. With the Charge scoreless for the first 6:19 of the period, the Energy kept the pressure on by outscoring Canton 32-14 while defensively holding Canton to 3-of-17 from the field.
Micheal Eric provided a strong effort for Canton with his fifth double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 14 points and grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds with four blocks in 32 minutes. Jorge Gutierrez scored 13 points with three rebounds, three assists and four steals in 38 minutes. Jorge now has eight consecutive games of double-digit scoring, while he was averaging 9.8 points per game coming into tonight. Dominique Johnson added 11 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
Iowa’s Chris Wright led all scorers with 21 points, with 15 in the second half. Morris Almond poured in 20 points with three rebounds in 28 minutes. On assignment from the Denver Nuggets, Quincy Miller notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Iowa outscored Canton 46-28 in the paint tonight.
CANTON CHARGE POST GAME QUOTES
CHARGE HEAD COACH ALEX JENSEN
(Opening statement): “The frustrating thing is that they quit before the game was over because of the success we’ve had in the past. (That success was) because we kept the effort high and grinded it out in the end. We got outrebounded by a team that we are bigger than. Probably the most startling stat was the 15-point run. I give Iowa credit, they have been on the road as much as we have the last couple weeks and they came ready to play and they played harder than us tonight.”
(On getting good looks in the fourth quarter but not hitting them): “I told the team after that if you base your games on hitting or missing jump shots, you’re probably not going to have a long career because that’s for a few select shooters. It’s funny because they ran the same plays earlier in the game as they did when they got their 15 point run. I think after you hit or miss a jump shot, you have to get back on defense and force a turnover and an easy bucket transition. I think as a team you base a lot on making or missing a jump shot.”
(On having to travel to Iowa to play them again tomorrow): “That’s the D-League for you. They are going to have to do it the following week. We have to try to get one on them this time. I think we are a better team, they just came out here and grinded it out. We got the same (situation) at their place now. We have to be ten points better and hopefully we can get more (opportunities), get more shots and knock them down after this time.”