Charge Dropped at Home by Jam
The Canton Charge (9-7), presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, were defeated, 107-83, by the Bakersfield Jam (10-6) Tuesday night in front of 3,081 fans at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The loss ends the season series at one win each between the two teams and also snaps a four-game home winning streak for the Charge.
After Canton held a 21-19 lead following the first quarter, Bakersfield caught fire offensively in the second. The Jam hit 13-of-18 shots as a team (72%) for 33 points, matching the most the Charge have surrendered in a single quarter so far this season, and the visitors held a 52-41 advantage heading into intermission.
The Charge responded well out of the break, cutting the lead to two on a 15-6 run to begin the third stanza. Brandon Paul played a large part in the Charge run with 10 points in the third quarter. Canton kept within single digits for much of the third, but could never pull ahead as the Jam finished the quarter on a 12-2 run to hold a 83-68 lead heading into the final period.
A balanced attack from Bakersfield in the fourth quarter stifled any opportunities the Charge had to gain an advantage. The Jam shot a sizzling 11-of-19 from the field in the final period (58%) while putting a lid on Canton's rim for just 5-of-18 field goals for the hosts (28%). An impressive defensive effort on behalf of the Jam held the Charge to just 15 points in the fourth en route to the victory.
Arinze Onuaku posted his seventh double-double in 10 games with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Stephen Holt provided 16 points and four assists in 34 minutes for the Charge. Michael Dunigan scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with nine boards and a block in 38 minutes. Paul finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes of action.
Assigned to the Jam by the Phoenix Suns, Archie Goodwin lead the way with a game-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting (67%) in 32 minutes of action. Jam reserve guard Casey Prather provided 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting (60%) off the bench in 23 minutes. Mac Koshwal added 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with eight boards and two steals in 33 minutes.
The Charge hit the road for a game on Sunday, December 28th at 1:00 p.m. against the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics affiliate). The Wine & Gold return home on Tuesday, December 30th at 7:00 against the Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles Lakers affiliate), who are led by Head Coach and Canton McKinley legend Phil Hubbard! Come out on Tuesday for Jorge Gutierrez's first home game back with the Charge for as low as $7! To view the 2014-15 Canton Charge home schedule complete with promotions and special deals, head to www.CantonCharge.com/promotions.
Charge Holiday Packs are now available, which include tickets to three Charge games, a Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort snow tubing pass, and an exclusive Cavs scarf starting at just $49! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
The Canton Charge, presented by SecureData 365, are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
• Discuss this story on the NBA G League message board...
NBA G League Stories from December 26, 2014
- Balanced Attack Leads to OKC Blue Win - Oklahoma City Blue
- Iowa Energy Fall in Another Close Game to Maine - Iowa Wolves
- Red Claws Win Franchise Record 8th Straight Game - Maine Red Claws
- Jam Beat Charge 107-83 - Bakersfield Jam
- Charge Dropped at Home by Jam - Canton Charge
- Marble Assigned to Erie - Erie BayHawks
- Orlando's Devyn Marble Assigned to the NBA D-League's Erie BayHawks - G League
- Jorge Gutierrez Returns to Charge - Canton Charge
- Blue Acquires Reggie Williams and Future Draft Pick - Oklahoma City Blue
- Iowa Energy Acquire Chris Allen - Iowa Wolves
- Mad Ants to Host Student Nights - Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Bighorns Outshoot Stampede by 29 Points - Reno Bighorns
- Record Breaking Night from Drew II Leads Sioux Falls over Rio Grande Valley - Sioux Falls Skyforce
- Stampede Lose Shootout to Bighorns - Idaho Stampede
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.