Charge Take Down Claws at Expo
Portland, ME - March 8, 2018 - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, had a halftime lead but couldn't keep it, falling to the Canton Charge on a snowy night at the Portland Expo, 112-103.
Maine (17-27) was led by Trey Davis with 25 points off the bench, Devin Williams recorded another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Daniel Dixon added 15 points, Kadeem Allen with 12 points and 7 assists, Anthony Bennett with 11 points and 11 boards, and Vitto Brown with 10 points.
Canton (19-25) was led by JaCorey Williams with a career high 29 points and 11 rebounds, Grant Jerrett added 26 points and 9 boards, and Scoochie Smith added 17 points in the win.
Bennett opened the scoring for Maine with a three ball in the opening minute. Dixon drained a pair of three's to give the Claws a 9-7 lead. Off a rebound, Davis fed Bennett for the hoop plus the foul, putting Maine up 3. JaCorey Williams paced the Charge with 8 points early, but Maine continued to drop it in from the outside, with Drew Barham and Vitto Brown knocking in treys. Maine shot 6-13 from downtown in the 1st quarter, taking a 30-27 lead after 1.
In the 2nd, Kevin Olekaibe dropped in back-to-back three's to put Canton up 3. Daniel Dingle dropped in a three to put Maine up 3. Dingle buried another from deep to put Maine up 46-41. Canton went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, but Barham's lay-in put the Claws back up 50-49. Williams hit a tough floater late in the quarter, and the Red Claws took a 56-55 lead at halftime. Maine shot 46.5% (20-43) in the first half, including 8-23 from downtown (34.8%). Canton shot 44.7% (21-47) from the floor, and 28.6% (6-21) from three-point range.
Williams opened the 2nd half with a dunk. JaCorey Williams continued his strong game with a three-point play to put the Charge up 66-63. Scoochie Smith buried a three as Canton extended to a 7 point lead. Davis scored back-to-back three's to get Maine within 3. Davis continued to lead the Red Claws offensively in the 3rd, but JaCorey Williams' tough three-point play and even tougher alley-oop dunk gave him 25 points in the game and gave Canton an 88-78 lead after 3.
In the 4th, Smith and the Charge extended the lead to 11. Dixon stopped the run with a corner three to make it 93-85. Former Red Claw Marcus Thornton scored back-to-back buckets to give the Charge a 98-87 lead. Williams secured a double-double with his offensive board and putback lay-up. Grant Jerrett continued his strong game with a 15-foot floater to put Canton up 106-90. Davis and Bennett led Maine on a 9-2 run to cut it to 9 points, but the Red Claws ran out of time.
The Red Claws return to action tomorrow night at Erie. Maine's next home game is next Thursday, March 15 against Wisconsin. Tickets are on sale now by calling 207-210-6655 or visiting MaineRedClaws.com.
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