CANTON, OH – The Canton Charge (7-8), fell to the Greensboro Swarm (8-8), on Cavs Night at the Canton Civic Center in front of 3,347 fans. The two teams will meet for a matinee matchup on Martin Luther King Day on January 21st at 2:00 PM in Greensboro.
The Charge jumped out to an early 23-13 to start the first quarter behind a combined 17 points from guard Scoochie Smith and Cavaliers’ 2-Way forward Jaron Blossomgame. Trailing by as many as 13, the Swarm rattled off a 9-0 run at the 5:53 mark to claw back to a four-point deficit with 3:24 remaining. The two teams would swap buckets in the waning minutes with the Charge clinging to a 30-26 advantage after one quarter of play.
Smith continued to his strong play in the second quarter, adding eight more points to tally a game-high 15 at the break. Charge reserve Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman connected on 3-of-4 attempts from long range to add nine points of his own in the second quarter. Despite being outshot by the visitors 51% to 48%, the Charge maintained a 62-52 lead at the break.
Greensboro responded in the third quarter, shooting a blistering 74% from the field on 17-of-23 shooting. Ohio State alumnus Sam Thompson provided a spark for Greensboro with 12 third quarter points. His three pointer with 6:01 remaining spurred an 11-1 run that gave the Swarm a 79-78 lead with 4:23 remaining in the third. The Swarm controlled the paint, outscoring Canton 24-16 down low, leading way to a 90-87 lead entering the fourth.
The frontcourt duo of JaCorey Williams and Bonzie Colson scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter for the Charge to give the Charge a 95-92 with 9:35 remaining. A deep Colson three-pointer pushed Canton’s lead back to eight with 6:24 remaining, but the Swarm responded with back-to-back deep balls to cut back into the Canton lead. With the game tied at 111 after a Smith layup with 37 seconds remaining, the Swarm sealed the game at the free throw line, connecting on 4-of-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch to escape the Civic Center with a 115-112 victory.
Smith tied a season-high with 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing five assists in 30 minutes. In his first game back with the Charge after a stint with the Cavaliers, Blossomgame provided 18 points in 30 minutes. Four Charge players scored in double figures off of the bench, including Abdur-Rahkman’s 14 points.
Thompson paced the Swarm with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 27 minutes. Chinanu Onuaku recorded his twelfth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Charge head to Las Vegas for the 2018 NBA G League Showcase this Thursday for a matchup with the Sioux Falls SkyForce at 6:30 p.m. (TV: Facebook Live; RADIO: 99.7 FM). For Charge Nation Memberships, group outings, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944. The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and are also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Chairman and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, who play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
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