Monster Frontcourt Effort Leads Charge to Win
Olek Czyz and Kyrylo Fesenko combined to lead the Charge to a 114-100 win over the 87ers at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark to snap a four game losing streak. The victory improved Cantonís playoff stock and record to 26-19, while Delaware dropped to 12-34 as the season series between the two teams finishes 3-2 to the Charge.
Canton scored 20 of their 23 first quarter points in the paint and forced six turnovers, but Delaware trailed by just a point heading into the second. Czyz led the Charge from the start with eight points and nine rebounds in the full twelve minutes.
The 87ers opened the second with an 8-2 run in the first 3:04 to go up 30-25. The Charge then proceeded to catch fire by outscoring the home team 34-6 the rest of the half thanks in part to hitting 11 of their final 15 shots (73%). Czyz and Fesenko each posted double-doubles for Canton before their 59-36 lead at intermission.
The Charge led by as many as 26 and by double-digits the rest of the way to improve to 20-12 against the East Division this season. Czyz finished with 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting with 19 rebounds, both season highs, in 42 minutes for his fourth double-double of the year. Fesenko poured in a game-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting with 12 boards in 39 minutes.
Antoine Agudio netted a season-high 21 points with five assists and a season-high four steals in 47 minutes. William Buford added 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and six rebounds in 31 minutes of relief off the bench. Will Cherry posted his third double-double with 10 points, 11 boards and four steals in 40 minutes.
Delaware was led by Thanasis Antetokounmpoís double-double of 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. BJ Young provided 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting with five rebounds and a block in 24 minutes of relief. Former Charge guard Josh Akognon netted 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting and a steal in 36 minutes.
Canton returns to the Civic Center for their regular season home finale against the Maine Red Claws on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. Itís 2 for Tuesday with buy one, get one tickets at the box office window on game day courtesy of the Ohio Lottery. For tickets, game day promotions and links to live stats and YouTube game streams, head to www.CantonCharge.com. Fans can sign-up to be a Charge Insider for breaking news and exclusive offers at www.CantonCharge.com/insider.