December 2, 2011

Legends Big Second Half Spells Defeat for Charge

In just their second game of existence, the Canton Charge couldn’t find a way to close. But they did find their leader in this year’s first round pick, Tyrell Biggs.

Biggs led all scorers with 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as Canton relinquished an early lead and fell to the Dallas Legend, 101-88, on Friday night at the Canton Civic Center.

Canton ran out to a 26-18 edge after one quarter, but Texas’ Dominique Johnson and Booker Woodfox got hot from behind the arc in the second period, and the Charge’s lead was trimmed to just a deuce heading into the locker room.

The Legends kept the pressure on after intermission – outscoring Canton, 30-23, in the third quarter to give Texas a lead they would not relinquish.

Five Legends scored in double-figures led by Dominique Johnson’s 24 points, with the Texas guard going 8-for-17 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. His backcourt mate, Vance Cooksey, notched the game’s only double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.

For the second straight week, Canton was victimized by the three-pointer. One week after Iowa went 40 percent from beyond the arc, Texas canned eight of their 17 three-point attempts – led by Johnson and Woodfox, who combined to go 7-for-12 from long-distance.

For the Charge, Kyle Gibson, signed as a free agent on the morning of the game, pitched in with 15 points and four boards. Marcus Relphorde finished with 11 points for Canton, Keith McLeod with 10. Biggs was 12-for-20 from the floor, adding seven boards and a pair of steals. Jonathan Blake led the Charge with 10 boards.

The two clubs face off once again on Saturday night in Canton.