Charge Drop Regular Season Finale in Tulsa
The Canton Charge (28-22) were defeated by the Tulsa 66ers (24-25), 108-77, in Cantonís regular season finale at the SpiritBank Event Center on Friday night. The Charge finished with their second-best record in franchise history and will await the selection of their playoff opponent on Sunday evening, while Tulsa improved to 24-25.
After three early lead changes and a tie, Tulsa went ahead 14-12 with 6:20 left in the opening quarter and never relinquished their advantage the rest of the way. The game was broke open in the third quarter when the Charge could only score seven points to Tulsaís 23, a new franchise low, and the 66ers led by as many as 39 before Cantonís reserves continued to fight until the final buzzer.
The 66ers worked the ball all over the floor with 58 points in the paint to Cantonís 38, while running up and down for 40 fast break points to the visitorsí seven. Tulsa forced 18 Charge miscues for 27 points, while they surrendered the ball only 11 times for nine points. The two teams split the season series 1-1 with the host team taking each matchup.
Arinze Onuaku had his second double-double in as many nights and his 16th of the year with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 11 rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes. Will Cherry netted 11 points with three rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes. Kyle Randall came off the bench to provide a late spark of 11 points, six boards and a steal in 19 minutes.
Dominic McGuire posted a triple-double of 10 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in 38 minutes for Tulsa. Mario Little led all scorers with 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting in 42 minutes. Xavier Alexander provided an all-around effort of 20 points, 13 boards, three steals and two blocks in 39 minutes. Maurice Sutton scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of relief.
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