CANTON, OH – The Canton Charge, The Canton Charge (1-0), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, opened their 2019-20 season with a decisive 98-74 victory over the Lakeland Magic (1-1) at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Saturday night. Tonight’s victory marks the Charge’s first opening win since a 102-91 victory over the Erie BayHawks on November 22, 2013.
Dean Wade started his professional career with a splash going 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the first quarter en route to the first 20 point/20 rebound performance (23-20) since Luke Harangody on March 29, 2012 against the Iowa Energy.
Malik Newman was hot off the bench, tallying 11 points in the first half, including three three-pointers, to help the Charge to a 52-41 advantage at the break. Newman ultimately finished the night with 22 points by knocking down 6-of-9 from the three-point line.
The Charge went on a 10-4 run in the opening four minutes of the third that included back-to-back threes from Levi Randolph and Alex Robinson to extend the advantage to 17. Rookie Marques Bolden kept the momentum with back-to-back dunks to open the fourth quarter, as Canton would lead by as many as 24 on their way to the 98-74 win.
The Charge delivered a dominant performance in the paint, outrebounding the Magic 59-48 and tallying 38 points in the key.
Bolden finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine boards while Randolph directed the offense with a team-high four assists. J.P. Macura recorded a solid debut with a team-leading six steals, tying the franchise record, along with eight points and four rebounds.
Josh Magette led the Magic with 18 points and eight assists, going 3-of-7 from behind the arc, followed by Hassani Gravett with 16. Big man Isaac Humphries led the team with 14 rebounds. B.J. Johnson added 12 points, six boards and three steals in 37 minutes.
The Charge continue their three-game homestand to start the season this Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. against the Grand Rapids Drive for Ohio Lottery WINSday!
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