Charge Grind Out Road Win Over Toros
The Canton Charge defeated the Austin Toros, 93-88, at the Cedar Park Center in Texas on Friday night. The victory improved Cantonís record to 19-12 on the season in their first-ever win in Austin, while the Toros dropped to 15-13.
The score was tied 23-23 after a back and forth first quarter that saw five lead changes and four ties, as Kyle Gibson and Antoine Agudio led Canton with six points apiece. The trend continued in the second, with neither team leading by more than one bucket entire period until the final four seconds. The Toros shot 58% to the Chargeís 48% in the second and after six more lead changes and two ties, Austin held a 52-48 advantage at the half.
Canton came out in the third and initiated a 15-2 run in the first 5:01 to build a 63-54 advantage. The Charge then forced seven-straight misses and ultimately held the Toros to 5-of-20 shooting in the period to gain a 71-64 lead heading into the fourth. The third proved to be one of the Chargeís strongest defensive efforts of the season, as they held Austin to a season and franchise-low 12 points.
The Charge were able to extend their lead to as many as 11 early in the fourth, but the Toros would not go away quietly, going on a 16-4 run to tie the game 84-84. On the ensuing possession with 1:59 left, Gibson pulled down a key offensive rebound that allowed Ryan Rossiter to knock down his second three-pointer of the game and second of the season to put Canton ahead 87-84. A key stop on the other end led to Agudio hitting a floating jumper that would give the Charge the cushion they needed to hold the Toros off the rest of the way for the victory.
Every Charge player that saw the floor tonight got in the scoring column, led by Gibsonís 18 points, including 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, with five rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes. Ryan Rossiter netted 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 2-of-2 from three-point range with four rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes. Micheal Eric added eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench. Josh Selby scored eight points with five rebounds, six assists and a steal in 31 minutes.
Austin was paced by Patrick Sullivanís game-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting with two rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes off the bench. Cory Joseph had a double-double of 10 points and 12 assists with six rebounds and seven steals in 43 minutes on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs. Tyler Wilkerson added 16 points, nine rebounds and one block in 27 minutes. The Toros and Charge benches scored 47 and 41 points in the game respectively.
Canton will next head into a matchup with the Texas Legends tomorrow, February 9th at 8:00 p.m. at the Dr. Pepper Arena.