Canton Falls to Tulsa in Game 1

The Canton Charge were defeated by the Tulsa 66ers, 118-99, in Game 1 of the best-of-three opening round series of the 2013 NBA Development League Playoffs in Oklahoma on Wednesday night. Game 2 will be played at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton on Friday night.

Tulsa led by as many as 16 in the first quarter thanks in large part to getting out in transition for 12 fast break points as well as forcing seven Canton turnovers for 12 points. The Charge fought back to end the period on an 11-4 run in the final 3:29 to pull within 33-24 at the break.

Finding themselves down 11 with 4:35 left in the opening half, Canton went on an 8-0 run by scoring on four straight possessions to cut the deficit to 54-51. The 66ers retaliated with an 8-2 run of their own in the final 1:56 to take a 62-53 advantage into the intermission. Both teams were hot offensively in the first half, with Tulsa and the Charge shooting 64% and 61% overall from the field respectively.

The 66ers locked down defensively on the visitors in the third quarter by allowing just 4-of-17 shooting for 24%. Canton was able to keep themselves in it by getting to the free-throw line 18 times in the quarter and converting 13. The Charge missed on their final seven field goal attempts in the third and Tulsa kept hold of a 90-76 lead heading into the fourth.

The home team led by double digits for all but 49 seconds of the fourth quarter, hitting 65% of their shots and ending the contest on a 15-5 run in the final 4:53 of play. Tulsa as a team finished 61% from the field with six different players hitting three-point shots on the night, with 11-of-24 long range attempts going down for 46%. The 66ers also led wire-to-wire and improved their all-time playoff record to 7-6, while the Charge are now 3-4 all-time in the postseason.

Canton was led by Antoine Agudios’s 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 34 minutes. Kyle Weaver added 15 points with five rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes. Micheal Eric scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. Arinze Onuaku netted 11 points with seven rebounds in 29 minutes. D’Aundray Brown came off the bench to provide 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes. The Charge are 1-1 all-time in the postseason when facing elimination going into Friday night’s game.

Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb poured in a game-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting with four rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes. Andy Rautins and Rasual Butler both scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting off the bench for Tulsa. Tony Taylor contributed 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and five assists in 32 minutes. The 66ers surrendered just nine turnovers for eight points, while they forced 16 total Charge errors that resulted in 22 points.

Be a part of Charge history! Game 2 is in Canton at the Memorial Civic Center on Friday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance receive Charge thundersticks presented by the Canton Repository. Tickets start at just $8 and are on sale NOW! Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster here or by calling the Charge front office at 866-444-1944. For a Canton Memorial Civic Center seating chart, head here.

The Canton Charge are exclusively operated by the Cleveland Cavaliers and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, both playing at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

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