CANTON, OH – The Canton Charge (15-24) dropped a back-and-forth affair with the Central Division leading Fort Wayne Mad Ants (23-15), 112-110, Saturday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in front of 3,150 fans. Tonight’s victory is just the Mad Ants’ fifth in Canton in 22 games and extends their current winning streak over the Charge to four games.
Four Charge players scored at least 20 points with Cavaliers’ assignee Marcus Thornton leading the way with 22 points. Reinserted in the starting lineup, forward JaCorey Williams responded with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field in 35 minutes of action. Grant Jerrett scored 20 points and nabbed a season-high four steals in 40 minutes. London Perrantes scored 20 points and dished six assists.
The Charge dominated the paint in the first half, outscoring the Mad Ants 34-22 in the paint and held a 12-0 advantage on second chance points. A 34 point second quarter helped Canton enter the break with a 59-50 lead. A hot shooting third quarter (63%) for Fort Wayne helped erase a nine point deficit and pushed its own lead to as many as nine in the stanza. Jamil Wilson and Ben Moore combined for 20 of Fort Wayne’s 39 third quarter points, and the visitors laid claim to a 89-85 lead entering the fourth.
An active fourth quarter from both sides produced four lead changes and nine ties in the final 12 minutes. The Mad Ants’ defense put the clamps on the Charge’s perimeter efforts in the fourth, holding the home team to just 3-of-11 in the waning moments. Trailing 112-110, a Marcus Thornton three-pointer at the buzzer came up short as time expired.
NBA G League Dunk Contest champion DeQuan Jones scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in 43 minutes of action. Jarrod Uthoff scored 21 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Moore added 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting. The Mad Ants shot 54% from the field.
The Charge travel to Erie to take on the BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks) tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM. The team returns home Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM. 2018-19 Charge Nation Memberships are on sale NOW! Place your $100 per seat initial payment today and receive the rest of the 2017-18 season for FREE in addition to all the other great benefits of being a Charge Nation Member. Visit CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944 to sign up today.
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 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.
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