The Canton Charge, powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, saw its late rally fall short, dropping Game 1, 107-112 Wednesday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Game 2 will see the series move to Mississauga, Canada on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m.
After trailing the entire first three quarters, a Cameron Jones three pointer at the 11:20 mark of the fourth period sparked an 11-0 run that gave the Charge its first lead after trailing by as many as 20. With the game then gridlocked at 97 apiece, Axel Toupane went on a 7-0 run by himself to push the 905’s lead to 104-97. A Kay Felder three pointer with 4 seconds remaining cut the lead to 104-100 leading to a foul of Toupane. His subsequent free throws were good and the 905 came away with a 112-107 victory.
Four of Canton’s five starters recorded a double-double in tonight’s contest. On assignment from the Cavaliers, Kay Felder tied a Charge playoff record with 31 points while dishing out 12 assists in 39 minutes of action. Roosevelt Jones returned to the Charge lineup after missing the last two games and recorded a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Holmes scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and was joined by frontcourt mate Eric Moreland’s 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Toupane poured in a game-high 41 points on 12-of-21 shooting in 36 minutes for the road team. Edy Tavares continued his strong play against Canton with 10 points and 16 rebounds in 32 minutes. Brady Heslip came off the bench to provide 15 points, including 4-of-8 from distance, while handing out four assists.
Watch Game 2 in the best-of-three series between the Charge and Raptors 905 on Saturday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook Live! For playoff information, 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 Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.