Charge Strike Back, Take Down Vipers
Dylan Windler of the Canton Charge brings the ball up against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
(Canton Charge, Credit: Aaron Josefczyk)
CANTON, OH - The Canton Charge (8-3), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to take down the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2-10), 116-109, at the Memorial Civic Center on Thursday night.
Canton was led by Dean Wade's second double-double of the season as he posted 24 points, 10 boards and four assists in 35 minutes. Dylan Windler made his pro debut on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers and played 18 minutes, scoring 8 points on 3-of-6 shooting and grabbing four rebounds. Sheldon Mac came off the bench to score 19 points and three steals in 25 minutes. J.P. Macura added 17 points while Sir'Dominic Pointer and Malik Newman each scored 11 points.
It was a tale of two halves for the Charge, as they trailed 65-49 at the break due in part to surrendering 16 turnovers that resulted in 29 Viper points. Canton came out the gate in the second half, going on a 17-2 run over four and a half minutes that included three, three pointers from Macura, with a Windler putback giving Canton its first lead of the night at the 4:58 mark.
Both teams battled with Rio Grande holding a slight two-point edge going into the final quarter, 87-85. The Charge pushed forward with Levi Randolph hitting the go-ahead three with just under six minutes left in action and the hosts holding on the rest of the way. Mac led the Charge in the fourth, scoring 10 points off a 4-for-5 shooting to secure the win.
RGV was led by Ray Spalding's double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. Former Cavs and Charge forward Jaron Blossomgame netted 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 36 minutes. Jacobi Boykins added 17 points off the bench for the Vipers.
Canton will next head to Washington D.C. for a meeting with the Capital City Go-Go this Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. 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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