The Maine Red Claws came into the Canton Memorial Civic Center with a season high seven game winning streak. The Canton Charge (28-15), presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers put an end to that streak by defeating the Red Claws (28-16), 130-123 this past Wednesday evening. The game was a warm-up to a potential Eastern Conference playoff between the two opponents.
The game started out slow as both teams could not protect the ball in the first quarter. Both team took advantage of each other’s miscues with Canton shooting 74% from the field (14-of-19) and Maine forcing errors that resulted in ten points as they hit 70% of their shots (14-of-20).
Both teams had various runs as they would shoot ahead by as much as 12 only to have the opponent race back on a strong run and lead by an equal amount. Baskets were falling on both ends of the court with Canton’s John Holland and Michael Stockton each scoring eleven in the first quarter against Maine’s Omari Johnson and Levi Randolph who’s combined 19 help the Red Claws keep pace.
The second quarter saw more high percentage shooting with Canton making good with 68% against Maine’s 66%. Both teams enjoyed significant runs as Canton led by nine only to have Maine catch up to tie the score at 64 all at the half. Maine’s forward Malcolm Miller hit for nine in the second quarter while Randolph added eight for his half game total of 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
The pendulum shifted in favor of Maine in the third quarter as they took a six point lead of 83-77 with 6:01 left in the quarter. John Holland dropped in two free throws as the Charge rallied and took the lead at 89-83 with 2:04 left. A Nick Minnerath layup gave Canton its largest lead of the quarter before a Randolph jumper brought the Red Claws to within seven points as the quarter ended.
Into the fourth quarter, the Charge pushed their advantage leading by as much as 20 with Maine trying for a late game push but Canton was too much for them on this night.
Canton had seven players in double figures with three hitting the 20 point or more mark. Holland ended the game with a season high 27 on 9-of-15 and five assists in 31 minutes of play. Michael Stockton added a season high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven assists in 36 minutes. Chris Crawford came off the bench for his first double-double with 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in 35 minutes with Sir Cominic Pointer adding 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes.
Maine’s Corey Walden hit for 38 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Malcolm Miller added 27 points on 11-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes. Levi Randolph was on the floor the most (43 minutes) as he scored 25 points on 12-of-19 shooting.
On Friday, the Canton Charge was defeated on the road in Sioux Falls by a score of 113-93. They face the same opponent tonight. The team returns home on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 with an 8 p.m. tip-off against the Delaware 87ers with their last home game on March 25 against the Grand Rapids Drive with fan appreciation night before closing out the season on the road with three games ending on April 1, 2016.
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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.