Charge Cut Red Claws' Power
Portland, ME - January 16, 2016 - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, struggled to score in the second half and fell for the second straight night to the Canton Charge, 96-83 at the Portland Expo. Canton has now won six straight games, while Maine has dropped three straight.
Terry Rozier, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, scored 17 points (5-16 FG) and added 7 assists. R.J. Hunter, also on assignment, scored 9 points (4-17 FG) and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jordan Mickey, also on assignment, was limited to four points in just 8 minutes of play due to an ankle injury.
The Red Claws (12-10) and Charge opened the game with even scoring. Hunter led the charge in the 1st quarter with 7 points, and Maine and Canton were tied at 33 after 12 minutes. In the second period, Malcolm Miller (16 points) continued his hot shooting, finishing 5 for 7 from the floor in the first half and 3 for 4 from downtown. Miller's 14 points led the Claws in the first half, but former Duke standout Quinn Cook equaled that total with 14 of his own in the first two quarters. After a dismal shooting performance last night, Maine shot 51% in the first half, and took a 59-56 lead into the break.
In the 3rd quarter, the Red Claws started slow, but Levi Randolph's three-pointer evened the score once again. With Mickey out, Ralph Sampson III provided a spark off the bench at the center position, and Malcolm Miller's big slam and monster block gave the Claws a spark. Both teams struggled to score (18-15 Canton in the period), and the game entered the final stanza tied at 74.
In the 4th quarter, Maine's shooting woes continued. Cook drained a long three with 7:52 remaining to extend the Canton lead to 10. The Charge would lead by as many as 14, before the Claws made a late rally. Omari Johnson nailed a three to cut the lead to 90-83, but the Claws would get no closer. Maine only mustered 9 points in the 4th quarter and 24 points in the second half, both franchise record lows. The Red Claws shot 34.8% (31-89) from the floor and 23.1% (9-39) from downtown.
Canton (11-11) was led by Cook with 32 points.
The Red Claws next travel to Grand Rapids on Monday. Maine returns home on Friday & Saturday, Jan. 22-23, for 7 p.m. showdowns with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tickets are on sale now by calling 207-210-6655 or MaineRedClaws.com.
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