The Canton Charge had their four-game home winning streak snapped in overtime at the hands of the Austin Toros, 107-98, at the Memorial Civic Center on Wednesday Night. The loss dropped the Charge to 6-8 on the season, while Austin improved to 7-5.
The home team staved off transition attacks from Austin from the start and worked the glass early with 20 first quarter rebounds, giving the Charge a 22-17 lead. After a closely contested second quarter throughout, Canton closed the half on an 11-2 run in the final 3:06, including nine points from Travis Franklin, to hold a 52-42 lead at the intermission. After going 6-of-23 from the floor for 26% in the first quarter, the Charge brought the offensive firepower in the second by hitting 13-of-22 shots for 59%.
Austin came out of the half red hot, clawing their way back with a 17-4 run over a 3:52 span in which they were 8-of-8 from the floor to take a 65-62 lead. The Charge turned the tables by forcing five turnovers amidst an 11-2 run of their own to end the quarter with a 76-67 advantage. The Toros closed on the defensive end just as they started it, holding the Charge to 24% shooting from the floor in the fourth quarter on 5-of-21 attempts for just 17 points. Austin never lead during the final period of regulation, but closed on an 11-4 run in the last 5:16 and with Canton missing their final five shots to extend the game in overtime. The Toros quickly put the game out of reach in extra time by hitting their first four shots and went 5-of-6 overall in the period while holding the Charge to 2-of-11 from the field.
Arinze Onuaku notched his seventh double-double of the year with 12 points and 15 rebounds while swatting a season-high four blocks in a season-high 33 minutes. Micheal Eric had his third-double double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds with two blocks in 16 minutes off the bench. Alex Ruoff had his first double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes. Franklin finished with 15 points and two steals in 21 minutes. Canton tied their team season-high with 12 steals. The Charge are yet to win an overtime contest this year, as they’re now 0-3 in their extra time games.
Six Austin players scored in double figures, led by San Antonio Spurs assignee Cory Joseph’s 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds and four assists in 42 minutes. Reigning NBA D-League MVP Justin Dentmon added 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Aubrey Coleman posted a double-double of 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes. Rick Jackson scored seven points with eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes. The Toros outscored the Charge in transition points, 41-15, and scored 66 of their 107 total points in the paint.
Canton will stay at the Civic Center for a back-to-back set with the Tulsa 66ers, beginning on Friday, December 28th at 7:30 p.m. It will be Public Safety Hero Night, where many of the area’s finest will be honored in front of the home crowd. Tickets start at just $7 and more information can be found at www.CantonCharge.com.
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