If last Saturday’s night game is any indication, Canton Charge fans are in for an exciting season of basketball. The Canton Charge presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers started off with a nearly disastrous first half trailing by as much as 29 points. The Red Claws were good for 22-of-40 or 55% while the Charge managed only 37% shooting. On the crimson side of the court, Boston Celtics assignments Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier each netted 16 points in the first half to lead the Red Claws to a 60-42 advantage.
At the start of the second half, it was a different story as Canton roared back with a 22-3 run much to the delight of the near capacity crowd of 3,650 fans. At one point, Canton pulled ahead by four by hitting 60% success from the floor only to see their lead evaporate as Maine retook the lead and held it to the final buzzer. In the third quarter Canton held Maine to just 37% shooting.
Down by two as the fourth quarter began, The Charge continued to take the fight to the Red Claws. With 3:55 remaining in the game, Maine dropped in a 3 point shot to go ahead 95-92 holding the lead to the end of regulation. Another key factor was Mine getting to the foul line 12 time and hitting for 11 while Canton failed to get any free throws at all during the final quarter.
At times, Canton showed unprecedented brilliance on the court with dazzling moves under the basket that resulted in points. The action was fast and furious once Canton got their second wind. This new team has the makings of a champion as they never stopped in their effort to win. At one point in the third, after a miracle behind the back pass, fight for the ball and dunk, The Charge stole the ball on the inbound pass putting four on the score board in fewer than that many seconds.
Joe Harris finished with 31 points on 11-of-25 shooting and 5-of-11 from three-point range with nine rebounds in 38 minutes. Nick Minnerath posted a double-double in his season debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes. Quinn Cook netted 15 points in 37 minutes. Sir’Dominic Pointer scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished eight assists in 29 minutes off the bench.
Rozier paced Maine with a team-high 29 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 38 minutes. Mickey added a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds with seven blocked shots in 38 minutes. Fellow Celtic assignment James Young supplied 14 points in 33 minutes. Levi Randolph came off the bench to score 15 points and grab two steals in 25 minutes of relief for the Red Claws.
The Charge will hit the road for their next game to face the Delaware 87ers on Tuesday, November 17that 7:00 p.m. Canton returns home on Saturday, November 21st to take on the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks affiliate) at 7:00 p.m. The first 1,500 fans in the Civic Center will receive a Charge replica jersey presented by Ecovacs Robotics. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to www.CantonCharge.com.
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, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
The Canton Charge are 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.