Charge Fall to Mad Ants in Exhibition Play

The Canton Charge fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 95-92, in exhibition play at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Saturday afternoon. The contest was the final tune up for the Charge before they break training camp Wednesday.

Charge guard Kevin Anderson led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes. Kevin Jones nabbed a game-high 21 rebounds to go with his eight points and one block in 27 minutes. Canton had 20 rebounds in the first quarter and finished the game with 60 as a team.

JaJuan Johnson, the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Development League Draft, poured in 22 points with 10 rebounds, three steals and eight blocks for Fort Wayne. Ron Howard added 22 points of his own, including 12-of-16 from the free-throw line, with three rebounds and six assists in 44 minutes. The Mad Ants came back to shoot 54% from the field in the second half after going 38% from the field in the first.

Arinze Onuaku provided 14 points, five rebounds and a block in 16 minutes of relief off the bench. J.P. Primm added 11 points, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, in 17 minutes. Micheal Eric added eight points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes. Canton enjoyed a strong start and finish to the game, with 28 and 33 points in the first and fourth quarters respectively.

The Charge will open the 2012-2013 NBA Development League season by hosting the Maine Red Claws on Friday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Postgame Quotes


(On the team’s offensive struggles at times tonight): “We had some lineups tonight where it was hard (for us) offensively. It was one of those things that with 14 guys, we wanted to see guys play in different lineup combinations to get a better feel for who we want to keep for our final 10.”

(On if he expected there to be hurdles in their first game against other competition): “Yes, especially offensively because there’s a lot more timing that goes with that. We did some good things, but defense should be what comes first. (With defense) you don’t have to necessarily worry about feel or reads, it’s pretty cut and dry. You do your job. It (takes time) because you have to make those last roster cuts and find that rotation for when the season starts.”


(On what attributed to Fort Wayne coming back to take the lead): “Our energy. We really didn’t (play) how the D-League style or NBA style game is played. It’s a game of runs. We can’t be comfortable and relaxed out there. If we play hard and consistent, we have a better chance of winning. I feel like it was a great learning experience that it happened this game. We can learn that for the game for Friday. “

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