Charge Fall to Armor in Overtime
The Canton Charge fell to the Springfield Armor in overtime, 125-116, at the MassMutual Center on Sunday night. The best-of-three game series is now even at one win apiece with the decisive Game 3 coming tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in Springfield.
Springfield stormed out to a 12 point lead in the first behind 70% shooting from the field. Their advantage was as much as 16 at one point, but Canton kept clawing back, cutting the deficit to 64-59 at the half. The Charge took their first lead of the game, 70-69, with 7:59 left in the third period on a Dante Milligan jumper. Canton held on for an 84-82 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter featured nine ties and 12 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than three points. Springfield was able to hang in the game by converting their chances at the free-throw line, nailing 14-of-17 attempts to Cantonís 5-of-6 in the fourth. With the game tied and the Armor holding the ball with 3.6 on the clock, JamesOn Curry was called for an offensive foul while driving to the basket. The Charge could not get a shot off in the end with 0.4 left, as the lob pass attempt was broken up and the game went into overtime.
Springfield was perfect from the field and the foul line in overtime, outscoring Canton 12-3 to put the game away. Luke Harangody led the Charge with 26 points and three rebounds in 39 minutes. Antoine Agudio provided 21 points with three rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes. Scoring was well distributed, as seven Canton players tallied double figures and the Charge had 22 assists as a team.
The trio of Curry, Jerry Smith and Dennis Horner were a force for the Armor, with each scoring more than 25 points. Curry had a game-high 30 points, including 15-of-17 from the foul line, with five rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 42 minutes. Smith finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 41 minutes. Horner added a double-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes. Springfield took 54 free-throws in the game to Cantonís 26 attempts.
T.J. Campbell had 10 points with eight assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes. Kyle Gibson poured in 17 points with four assists and two steals before fouling out in just 30 minutes of play. Dante Milligan had 11 points with two steals and three blocks in 28 minutes. Canton was 2-0 in overtime during the regular season with their two victories coming in Tulsa on January 16 and in Rio Grande Valley on February 18.
Tomorrow nightís Game 3 will be broadcast live on the NBA Development Leagueís Futurecast by logging on to http://www.nba.com/dleague and clicking the Futurecast button on the right hand side by the matchup.