The Canton Charge (29-21), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, fell on the road to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (30-20), 111-108, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. The loss will set Canton as the fourth seed playing the top seeded Raptors 905 in the opening round of the NBA Development League Eastern Conference Playoffs beginning next week.
Canton’s John Holland scored 30 points with a pair of steals in 38 minutes to lead the visitors. Gerald Beverly scored a season-high 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting with six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. Eric Moreland added 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. Mike Williams added a season-high 15 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting in 31 minutes. Larry Sanders had four points and 16 rebounds in 19 minutes on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Charge loss ended a nine-game winning streak over the Mad Ants. Fort Wayne was led by Indiana Pacers assignment Georges Niang’s 32 points and 16 rebounds with five assists in 44 minutes. Adam Woodbury came off the bench to provide a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds for Fort Wayne. The Mad Ants will face the Atlantic Division winning Maine Red Claws in the other Eastern Conference playoff series.
Canton hosts Raptors 905 for Game 1 in the best-of-three series on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m. For playoff tickets starting at $8, 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.