At the end of the first half with one second left on the clock Westchester let fly a hail mary shot that was all net as the buzzer rang out. It was this shot that spelled the difference as the Canton Charge (0-3), presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their third loss of the season against the Westchester Knicks (4-0). The final score was 86-85 as 3,203 fans celebrated jersey give-away night with the Canton Charge.
The first portion of the contest looked good for the Charge as they came out hot shooting 52% from the field as they hit 11-of-21 shots. On defense, Canton was also strong forcing five turnovers that added eight points to their score. In the first quarter, Charge forward Nick Minnerath and guard Quinn Cook combined for 16 points as the Charge led by four at the end of the first quarter.
Minnerath again had the hot hand in the second quarter as he was good for nine more points that brought his total to 18 for the half through his 6-of-9 shooting from the field. In spite of a surge by Westchester cutting Canton’s lead by nine as the teams took a break with the Charge ahead 54-51.
Both teams came out to play in the third with a combined 13 turnovers and shooting 11-of-46 from the field as shot after shot fell helplessly off the rim. The Charge managed to eek out 16 points in the third quarter while limiting Westchester to just 1-of-5 from three point land.
The charge entered the fourth gripping a one point lead with both hands as the teams traded shots throughout the time period. The Knicks went on a tear and with just 6:17 remaining in the game Canton clawed its way back as Quinn Cook hit seven of his nine fourth quarter points as the clock wound down.
The Knicks held a one point lead with 8.4 seconds on the clock when guard Travis Trice II missed an 18 foot jumper and into the hands of D.J. Stephens who was fouled. The Charge hit the floor after a time-out with 2.9 seconds to go for the win. Cook charged the basket and shot only to have the ball spin out of the hoop as the collective fans moaned.
Minnerath paced the Charge with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding seven rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Cook added 16 points and five assists in a team-high 35 minutes. In his first start of the season, guard Michael Stockton tallied 10 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Charge. D.J. Stephens displayed his versatile skillset with eight points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Wine and Gold.
Westchester center Jordan Bachynski scored a game-high 21 points for the Knicks in 33 minutes. The 7’2 center also added eight rebounds and six blocked shots. Sean Marshall scored 17 points for the Knicks and guard Wesley Saunders provided 14 points off the bench.
Canton continues the three-game home stand on Wednesday, November 25th with a matchup against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers affiliate) at 7:00 p.m. It’s Dollar Dog Night presented by Sugardale and one lucky fan will come away with a shopping spree presented by Belden Village Mall. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
2015-16 single game tickets and Charge Nation Memberships are on sale now starting at just $8 per game! Premium Memberships are also available, which include courtside seating and dining access in the Courtside Club presented by Budweiser starting at just $40 per game! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court! For 2015-16 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions, and up-to-date information, click HERE or call (866) 444-1944.
The Canton Charge is part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.