Charge Take Down Red Claws
Portland, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, couldn't overcome a slow 2nd quarter, falling to the Canton Charge Thursday night, 113-101.
Maine (1-2) was led by Nick King with 30 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Walt Lemon was near a triple-double with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists, and P.J. Dozier recorded a double-double as well with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Bibbs added 11 points off the bench. Canton (1-1) was led by Levi Randolph with 19 points.
The Charge came out shooting the ball well early, with Scoochie Smith dropping in a three to make it 7-0 Canton in the early going. Dallas Lauderdale and Lemon got the offense going for Maine - Lemon buried a deep three to make it a 2 point game. Lemon buried another trey to give Maine its first lead at 16-14. Lemon scored 10 of Maine's first 20 points. King scored 7 points in a row for the Claws, and Maine trailed 34-31 after one quarter of play.
In the 2nd, Canton scored 8 quick points to jump back up by 11. The Charge started the quarter on a 14-5 run, taking a 48-36 lead. Former Red Claw Levi Randolph continued his strong half, nailing a three to put Canton up 16. Randolph scored 13 points in the first half alone. Dozier's electrifying dunk got the crowd back into the game, but Maine trailed 60-48 at the half.
Dozier opened the 3rd quarter with a lay-up, following that up with a huge slam. Still, the Charge maintained their lead, while Maine struggled to score from beyond the arc. Bibbs dropped in a corner three to cut it to 10 points. King buried a three, and Bibbs followed that up with a lay-up, and the Red Claws cut it to 5 points at 78-73. When the dust settled, Canton led 80-75 after 3 quarters of play.
In the 4th, Lemon immediately cut it to 3 points, but Randolph answered with a long jumper. Georges-Hunt hit a long three, and the Red Claws continued to hang around. King's three-point play made it 95-90. Holland buried a tough three, followed by Dozier's even tougher three. Simmons put back on his own miss put the game out of reach in the final minute.
Maine shot 41.5% (39-94) from the field, 26.5% (9-34) from three-point range, and 14-17 from the free throw line. Canton shot 54% (47-87) from the floor, 33.3% (5-15) from downtown and 14-19 from the charity stripe.
The Red Claws return to action Saturday at Fort Wayne for their first road game of the season. Maine returns home next Thursday, Nov. 15 against Raptors 905.
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