Under the Boards
Week-in-Review: The Charge head into this weekend’s action in an unfamiliar role: bouncing back from a pair of consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Canton fell in back-to-back outings against Fort Wayne last weekend – dropping a 106-102 overtime decision at the Civic Center on Saturday night and an 88-85 nailbiter on Sunday in Indiana.
Saturday’s loss was especially painful, with the Charge relinquishing a 20-point third-quarter lead to the Mad Ants – committing a season-high 25 turnovers that cost Canton 38 points. Arinze Onuaku continued his torrid start to the season – netting 13 points and 11 boards for his fourth double-double in the last five games. Kevin Jones also doubled-up with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Bo Spencer added 15 points, going 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.
In Sunday’s loss, Kevin Jones tallied his fourth double-double of the season and Robert “Flight” Hite notched season-highs in scoring (14), rebounds (9) and assists (4).
The Charge, now at 8-3, still hold the top spot in the East Division, two full games up on the Maine Red Claws.
Did You Know: At Syracuse’s Midnight Madness event on October 19, 2007, then-sophomore Arinze Onuaku shattered a backboard while dunking at Manley Field House.
They Said It: “We get a cushion of 15, 20 points, we need to stay aggressive. I think we get comfortable, that's when we let teams back in. We can't be doing that.”
-Charge point guard Jorge Gutierrez on his team's recent trend of losing big leads.
Stat of the Week: 120 … current NBA players that have NBDL experience.
Look Ahead: The Charge are home for the weekend, going back-to-back against the Bighorns on Saturday and the BayHawks on Sunday.
On Saturday night at 7 p.m., Reno rolls into the Civic Center coming off a Thursday night loss to Fort Wayne. Led by the No. 23 prospect in the D-League, center Mickell Gladness, the Bighorns come in at 5-7, third in the West Division. Charge fans will also see a familiar face on Saturday night: Tyrell Biggs – Canton’s first-ever draft pick, selected No. 15 overall in 2011.
Speaking of familiar faces, on Sunday the Charge welcome the Erie BayHawks for the two teams’ fifth meeting this season. Of course, Steve Hetzel’s squad isn’t complaining about the matchup; they’ve gone 4-0 against their neighbors to the North.
The BayHawks do bring one of the D-League’s top prospects to the gym – forward Jeremy Tyler, who’s averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 boards per contest.
In their last meeting on December 14, the Charge held on to beat Erie, 106-104. Arinze Onuaku finished with 25 points and 12 boards, Kevin Jones added 19 points and Shane Edwards came off the bench to tally 16 points and seven boards in just 18 minutes.
If you can’t make it to Canton this weekend, make sure to catch all the action with play-by-play man Scott Zurilla – (@ZManCavs) – on YouTube. Opening tip set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, 5 p.m. on Sunday.