CANTON, OH – The Canton Charge (7-13), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, fell to the Capital City Go-Go (10-9) 122-117 in overtime Friday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Charge guard Kobi Simmons scored a season-high 32 points for the Wine & Gold, who see their losing-streak extend to seven games.
The two teams were tightly contested after one quarter with the game knotted at 29. Simmons and Charge reserve guard Levi Randolph combined for 21 of the Charge’s 29 points on a combined 8-of-12 shooting. Canton was efficient on the offensive end in the period, assisting on 7-of-10 made field goals.
The Charge took control in the second frame, outscoring the Go-Go 31-22 while shooting 55% from the field. Simmons tacked on seven points in the second to give him a game-high 17 at the break. Leading by as many as 15, the hosts held a nine point advantage after 24 minutes, holding a 60-51 advantage.
Capital City countered with a huge third quarter, posting 39 points on 16-of-21 shooting (76%). The duo of Wizards’ 2 Way guards Devin Robinson and McRae combined for 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting in the third stanza. With the Charge leading by as many as 11 with 9:49 remaining, the Go-Go surged back to take a 90-85 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Charge responded in the fourth quarter behind more solid play from the duo of Simmons and Randolph. Trailing by three with 1:28 remaining, Randolph connected on a three pointer to tie the game at 112. Go-Go guard Chris Chiozza found Robinson for a jaw-dropping alley-oop to take a 114-112 lead with 36 seconds remaining. Simmons responded with a game tying layup with 28.9 seconds remaining and on the ensuing position blocked Chiozza’s winning attempt. Charge forward Jaron Blossomgame missed a 12 foot jumper as time expired.
Jordan McRae scored all eight points for the Go-Go in overtime as the Go-Go ran away with the 122-117 victory. McRae finished with a game-high 43 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes of action. Robinson added 26 points and eight rebounds in 41 minutes for the Go-Go. Forward Isaiah Armwood contributed a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards.
Simmons paced the Charge with 32 points. Randolph provided 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting off of the bench. Emanuel Terry was a spark off of the bench, notching his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 18 workman-like minutes. Blossomgame scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his first game with the Charge since December 15th.
The Charge begin a three-game road trip with a visit to the Memphis Hustle on Monday, January 7th at 8:00 p.m. (TV: Facebook Live). 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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