LAKELAND, FL – The Canton Charge (13-7) were defeated by the Lakeland Magic (11-9), 129-113, at the RP Funding Center on Thursday night. The season series is even at one win each with the rubber match coming in Canton on January 22nd.
Lakeland tied a season-high for a Charge opponent with 19 made threes on 30 attempts (63%), with Josh Magette sinking 7-of-11 himself to net 31 points. B.J. Johnson poured in a game-high 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 5-of-7 from three point range with eight boards in 40 minutes. Vic Law added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who as a team also achieved a Charge opponent season-high for field goal percentage in a game by hitting 59% of their attempts tonight.
Levi Randolph led Canton with his second double-double in the last three games, totaling 27 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes. J.P. Macura scored 23 points with three steals in 33 minutes. Tyler Cook added 19 points and nine boards in 23 minutes. Canton tied a season low with only 11 turnovers surrendered on the night and their reserves outscored the Magic bench, 48-24. The Charge are now 0-3 lifetime in games played at the RP Funding Center.
The Charge return home to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this Saturday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. with a 2020 Charge Chocolate Bar giveaway courtesy of Chocolate Creations – find a wine & gold ticket for special prizes! For Charge Nation Memberships, group outings, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to 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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