by Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
Two-Way player Matt Mooney was the perfect mid-season acquisition to help lead the Charge in one of their most successful campaigns in franchise history.
In just 18 games with the Charge, Mooney finished the shortened season first on the team in assists (5.4), third on the team in steals (1.7) and three-point percentage (36.4) and sixth on the team in scoring (13.9).
“Matt is a winner,” added Charge Head Coach Nate Reinking. “Coming to a new team mid-season is not an easy transition but Matt fit in seamlessly and took our team to another level. His all-around floor game – assists, rebounds, defense and big shot making ability is high level. More importantly, his toughness and willingness to make his teammates better testifies to the type of person and player he is – which facilitates winning.”
The Cavs signed Mooney to a Two-Way contract on January 15th, and the 6-1 guard out of Texas Tech immediately proved it was the right decision. On January 18th, with 10 seconds left in the game, Mooney hit the step-back three to extend Canton’s lead to four and hold on to the 106-103 victory over the Raptors 905.
Charge GM Brendon Yu reflected on the acquisition, “Mooney was a great addition to our team. He came in and was able to make an impact on both ends of the floor right way. His ability to handle the ball and get others involved on offense, and then on defense his anticipation and size really helped us finish the year strong. He’s another great worker who is a pro on and off the court in every sense of the word.”
Mooney was arguably just as productive defensively as he was offensively, which seems impossible when playing alongside Sir’Dominic Pointer and J.P. Macura. Matt tallied a franchise-record seven steals, six in the first half alone, as part of a 121-116 win over the College Park Skyhawks on February 25th.
“As well as the Charge were playing before he arrived in Canton, I thought Matt took the team to the next level with his poise and leadership,” reflected Charge play-by-play announcer Scott Zurilla. “You could tell his experience from playing in the NCAA title game gave him a sense of calm, and he never seemed rattled and kept things running smoothly. He definitely lifted the Charge to a championship caliber team.”