GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Canton Charge (21-13) came up short in overcoming a 15-point fourth quarter deficit in a 103-101 loss to the Grand Rapids Drive (21-14) on Thursday night at the DeltaPlex Arena.
Canton’s only lead of the night came on a 2-0 start to the game, battling throughout to hang in the game and finding themselves down 88-73 with 8:13 left. Malik Newman netted 14 points in the fourth quarter and the Charge went on a 14-5 run to cut it all the way to 102-101 and 18.5 seconds remaining. The Drive’s Craig Sword split a pair at the line on the next possession and Canton had 16.7 seconds to potentially tie the game. Newman couldn’t get a driving layup to fall and after an inadvertent whistle, the Charge couldn’t get the ball in for another clean look before time expired.
Newman finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting with four boards and four assists in 32 minutes off the bench. Levi Randolph scored 21 points with six rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes. Sheldon Mac added 17 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Dean Wade scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and nabbed two steals in 32 minutes.
Donta Hall’s double-double of 19 points on 8-of-10 from the field and 11 rebounds paced Grand Rapids. Louis King scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and swiped four steals in 36 minutes. Jordan Bone scored 17 points and Adam Woodbury provided 11 points, eight boards and a pair of blocks in 24 minutes. The Charge hold a 2-1 edge in the season series between the two division foes with the finale coming to end the regular season back here in Grand Rapids on March 27th.
The Charge return home after the All-Star Break with an OH Lottery WINSday matchup with the Northern Arizona Suns on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.! There is no better time than now to join Charge Nation! Become a 2020-21 Charge Nation member and attend the rest of this season for FREE! You’ll also receive complimentary Cavs and Monsters tickets plus tons more added value! For more info, find us at a game, visit www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944. The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers 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 Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland.
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