Canton Outlasts Tulsa in Overtime

The Canton Charge held off the Tulsa 66ers in overtime for a 94-91 victory at the Memorial Civic Center on Wednesday night. The win has Canton at 6-1 to begin the season, including 4-0 at home, while Tulsa drops to 1-7.

After six lead changes and four ties, Tulsa pulled ahead after the first thanks in part to an aggressive attack that forced nine Canton fouls resulting in a 12-for-12 effort from the free-throw line in the quarter. The Charge hung around by limiting the visitors to 7-of-19 from the field (37%), but the 66ers led 27-22 after one.

Trailing 39-30 with 7:01 left in the half, Canton assembled a 17-7 run that included forcing four Tulsa turnovers to pull ahead 47-46 at the break. The game continued its back-and-forth theme in the third quarter with six more ties and a lead change. Grant Jarrett led the 66ers with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the third to give Tulsa a 74-72 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Charge were able to pull ahead for an 81-76 lead with 9:12 left after a quick 9-2 run to start the fourth. Tulsa then locked down defensively, holding Canton scoreless on a 8-0 run over 4:40 that saw nine misses and two turnovers to give the visitors a 84-81 lead.

The Charge were able to string together a few stops and buckers of their own, tying the game at 88-88 when Kevin Jones nailed a 19-foot jumper with 1:12 left. The 66ers ended the game with five consecutive possessions, all resulting in missed shots on offensive rebounds, but couldn’t fight through the Canton defense to convert. The Charge were able to pull away in overtime by getting to the charity stripe six times and hitting four, all while limiting Tulsa to just 1-of-4 attempts from the field in extra time.

Jones led Canton with 24 points, including 10-of-10 from the foul line, with nine rebounds in 43 minutes. In his first-ever NBA D-League game, Cavs assignee Sergey Karasev scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting with three rebounds in 30 minutes. Henry Sims added 12 points, nine rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes.

Arinze Onuaku notched his second double-double in consecutive games off the bench with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. Jorge Gutierrez netted 10 points with four rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes. Carrick Felix added five points, five rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.

The Charge will next host the Erie BayHawks for a pair of East Division contests at the Canton Memorial Civic Center beginning Friday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m., with tickets starting as low as $7! Friday’s game will be Zombie Night, featuring a special performance from the Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team alongside local dancers participating in their clinic earlier that day. To purchase single game tickets or for all general ticket information, fans can call 1-866-444-1944 or visit www.CantonCharge.com/tickets. Fans can sign-up to be a Charge Insider for breaking news and exclusive offers at www.CantonCharge.com/insider.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Head Coach Steve Hetzel

(On tonight's win in overtime): "I thought that it was a hard-fought game, I thought that Tulsa played very well. It was back-and-fourth in the first half, I thought our guys battled back. In crunch time of the game when we were down, I thought that our composure was at a high level, we got the defensive stops that we needed, we got the baskets that we needed, we made our free throws and we scratched and we clawed, but we came away with the win."

(On the importance of defense): "That's why we rely on our defense, we want to be a defensive team because the nights that the shots don't go in, you can always rely on getting stops. Your defense can always be there for you, and you can't make excuses for the circumstances or the elements. You have to play through it. "

(On today's assignments from the Cavaliers): "It's very challenging because you go to work with your players and you have your offense and defensive system in place, and when you add three guys on the fly, it's hard to pick up and go with the flow. That's the beauty of our team: we have a great group of guys that embraces (Felix, Karasev and Sims) right away and if we defend, we can get through the bumps of the continuity. We welcome them down here, that's what the D-League is. If the Cavs trust us with them, then we want to make sure we're giving them the best opportunity."

F Kevin Jones

(On his free throw shooting tonight): "I think that's the first time I haven't missed a free throw in a game. I've just been working on it. After practice, I've just been working on my shooting, trying to get better and the more I can hit free throws, the more I can help my team in late game situations."

(On his chances of getting a call-up to the NBA): "I feel I have a good shot. I've just got to keep on working. I've got to wait for the opportunity, and hopefully it'll be there. I've just got to do my part out there, do what I've got to do for my team to win and hopefully keep this team moving."

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