Big First Quarter Propels Charge Past Grand Rapids
CANTON, OH - The Canton Charge (9-4), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, grabbed an early lead and never looked back in a 126-97 victory over the Grand Rapids Drive (9-7) at the Memorial Civic Center on Friday night.
Trailing 7-6 in the first period, five different Canton players chipped in on an 18-4 scoring run to pull ahead by double digits and take the lead for good. The Charge led by double digits from the 2:41 mark in the first quarter through the remainder of the game. The win gives Canton three straight over Grand Rapids, with all three coming in the Hall of Fame City. The 29-point margin of victory was also the fourth largest all-time for the Charge.
Canton was led by Malik Newman's 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 4-of-9 from three-point range in 30 minutes. Sir'Dominic Pointer came off the bench to score 18 points, grab five rebounds and block two shots in 23 minutes. Tyler Cook posted 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting with nine boards in 20 minutes. Marques Bolden added 15 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 20 minutes. Dean Wade finished with a line of 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes. Sheldon Mac added 14 points and 14 assists in 20 minutes off the bench for the Charge.
The Drive were paced by Donta Hall's 21 points on 10-of-12 from the floor with seven rebounds and a pair of steals in 30 minutes. Louis King netted 16 points with seven rebounds in 32 minutes. Khalil Iverson scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes. The 29-point loss for Grand Rapids matches their worst-ever defeat to Canton when they lost 107-78 back on March 20, 2015.
Canton is back at home tomorrow night against the Wisconsin Herd at 7:00 p.m. with an Austin Carr bobblehead giveaway (first 1,500 fans) and Cavs-style 70's throwback uniforms being auctioned off to benefit The Salvation Army! For Charge Nation Memberships, group outings, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com. or call 866-444-1944. The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and are also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Chairman and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, who play their games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland.
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Canton Charge forward Tyler Cook vs. the Grand Rapids Drive
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Canton Charge forward Tyler Cook and teammates
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