Charge Get Back On Track With Win Over 66ers

The Canton Charge snapped a three-game losing skid with a 104-96 victory over the Tulsa 66ers in front of 2,450 at the Memorial Civic Center on Friday night. The win improved Canton to 7-8 on the year, while Tulsa now sits at 8-4. The season series between the two teams is now tied at 1-1.

Both teams traded blows throughout the first quarter, with eight lead changes and two ties. Tulsa ended the period with a 23-22 advantage behind 53% shooting on 10-of-19 attempts. The second quarter saw more of the more of the same, with Tulsa continuing the hot offensive hand with 55% shooting including 10 points from Perry Jones. Canton continued to hang around with a strong presence on the glass and by converting their free throws. Eight more lead changes and four more ties later, the 66ers held just a 49-46 lead at the intermission.

Tulsa held steady throughout the third, never surrendering their lead but ultimately never being able to add to it for a 72-70 lead. The Charge offense shot 60% in the period and set themselves up to make a run in the fourth quarter. The turning point in game came when Canton assembled a quick 8-0 run in a span of 41 seconds early in the fourth. Alex Ruoff drilled a three pointer, followed by a Dominique Johnson fast break layup in transition off a quick miss. The dagger was Johnson subsequently stealing the inbounds pass and hitting a three-pointer from the corner to put the Charge up 85-78. Canton would never trail the rest of the game

A season-best six Charge Players scored in double figures in the game. Assigned by the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier today, Samardo Samuels nabbed his first career D-League double-double with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes. Arinze Onuaku came into tonight second in the D-League in rebounds with 11.0 per game and finished with a season-best 17 boards with 18 points and two steals in 35 minutes for his ninth double-double of the year. Jorge Gutierrez added a season-high 16 points with four rebounds, six assists and four steals in 36 minutes.

Jones led Tulsa’s trio of NBA assignees with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes. Daniel Orton had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 38 minutes. The newly acquired Chris Quinn came off the bench to provide 19 points, seven assists and four steals in 32 minutes. The 66ers grabbed a Charge season opponent low 30 rebounds in the game, while Canton nabbed 44 despite Tulsa shooting 50% overall from the field.

Ruoff finished 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 24 minutes, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point line. Johnson also had 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes. Antoine Agudio rounded out the Charge’s double-digit scorers with 12 points and three steals in 36 minutes. Canton pilfered a season-high 14 steals as a team in tonight’s contest.

The two teams will meet for the final time this season tomorrow night at the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. It will be Stark County Hunger Task Force Night, where the Charge will be holding a food drive of non-perishable items in order to help the Stark County Hunger Task Force replenish their supply after the holidays. Tickets start at just $7 and more information can be found at www.CantonCharge.com.

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