The Canton Charge (13-11), presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, fell 109-107 to the Delaware 87ers (9-13) in a double overtime matinee affair at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Wednesday afternoon. The 87ers’ win marks their second in three tries against the Wine & Gold this season. Today’s loss marks the fourth straight for Canton.
Delaware held Canton to 2-of-10 shooting and forced four turnovers for five points in the six minutes of overtime. The extra time was needed after a see-saw fourth quarter that featured 13 lead changes and six ties with neither team able to hit a go-ahead shot in the final 1:08 of regulation.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ assignment Joe Harris posted 18 points and six rebounds in 39 minutes of action in his Charge debut. Jorge Gutierrez provided an all-around performance with 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes. Charge forward Arinze Onuaku registered his eleventh straight double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds with two steals in 45 minutes. This marks Onuaku’s 16th double-double in 19 games this season, giving him a tie for second-most in the league in that category. The Charge received a boost off the bench from reserve guards Antoine Agudio and Chris Crawford who combined for 27 points.
The 87ers had three scorers score 20+, led by DJ Seeley’s 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting in 47 minutes of action. Jared Cunningham netted 24 points in 49 minutes, while Drew Gordon added a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes. Malcolm Lee scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed six boards in 27 minutes.
The Charge opened the game with a slow start and saw Delaware’s lead soar to 11 points at the three-minute mark of the first. The Charge found their rhythm late in the first and closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run to trail the 87ers 23-20 entering the second. Canton’s rally was fueled by reserves Chris Crawford and Antoine Agudio, who combined for eight first-quarter points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the field.
An Antoine Agudio three-pointer with 8:28 remaining in the second quarter knotted the game at 28 a piece before the visiting 87ers answered with a 15-0 run to stretch their lead to 43-28. An active Delaware defense held Canton to 22% from the floor on 5-of-23 shooting in the second. With a balanced attack in the second stanza, Delaware shot an impressive 50% from the floor and saw their lead swell to 17 entering halftime at 54-37.
The two teams opened the third quarter exchanging buckets for the first five minutes of play. Malcolm Lee’s three-pointer with 6:31 left gave Delaware their biggest lead of the game at 71-53. The Charge answered with an 8-0 run to cut into the lead and make it 61-71 with 3:58 left in the third. After a few back-and-forth possessions, the Charge again answered with rallying on an 11-0 run capped off by a Jorge Gutierrez jumper to tie the game at 74-74 entering the fourth period.
The Charge will hit the road for a visit to the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder affiliate) on Friday, January 23rd at 8:00 p.m.! Canton is back home on Saturday, January 24th to host the Erie BayHawks for Elvis’ 80th Birthday Night, with impersonators, music from The King, games and more! To view the 2014-15 Canton Charge home schedule complete with promotions and special deals, head to www.CantonCharge.com/promotions.
Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more and Fan Experience Packages, such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court, are available! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
The Canton Charge, presented by SecureData 365, 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 Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.