Deng: Charge Defeat Swarm on Adel's Late Heroics
CANTON, OH - Cavaliers' 2-Way forward Deng Adel drained a 21-foot jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the Canton Charge (13-23), past the Greensboro Swarm (19-19), 96-94 Wednesday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The victory snaps the current eight game losing streak as well as a four-game losing streak at home.
The game was a seesaw battle in the first half as there were 21 lead changes, including seven ties. The Charge came out hot in the first quarter, shooting 60% from the field on 12-of-20 attempts. The Swarm countered by shooting 55% on 11-of-20 attempts in the first 12 minutes. Trailing 22-21 with 2:13 in the first remaining, the Charge went on an 8-0 run to take a seven point lead, its biggest of the first half. Swarm reserve Tyler Nelson lead all scorers entering the break with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Swarm held a 59-56 advantage after 24 minutes of play.
The Swarm jumped out to an eight point lead early in the third quarter before a 6-0 Charge run tied the game at 74 with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter. The Swarm regathered and followed with a 5-0 run to take a 79-74 lead. Swarm guard Joe Chealey scored 10 points in the third quarter, connecting on 8-of-8 free throw attempts despite shooting 1-for-5 from the field. Despite shooting 28% in the third, the Swarm held an 82-78 lead entering the fourth.
The Charge defense continued to stifle the Swarm offense in the fourth quarter, holding the visitors to 12 points on just 22% shooting. Despite trailing by seven early in the fourth, the Charge scratched-and-clawed to tie the game at 88 with 7:19 remaining on a thunderous Chance Comanche dunk. Trailing 94-91 after a Chealey layup, JaCorey Williams answered on the other end with a contested layup of his own to trim the lead to 94-93. Following a Chealey turnover, Deng Adel forced a foul to earn two free throws. After a split at the line, the game was tied a 94. Another Swarm turnover allowed for Adel to play the hero as he pulled up to knock down the go-ahead jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining.
Adel finished with a Charge season-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Sir'Dominic Pointer scored a team-high 20 points with eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 productive minutes off of the bench. In his second start of the season, Chance Comanche scored a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting.
Chealey scored a game-high 27 points in 31 minutes to pace the Swarm. Jaylen Barford had an all-around effort with 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in 36 minutes. Nelson finished with 15 points off of the bench. The Charge took 2-of-3 games from the Swarm this year, leading the all-time series 6-4.
The Charge have a pair of division road games this weekend beginning with a visit to the Erie BayHawks on Friday, February 22nd at 7:00 PM (TV: Facebook Live; RADIO: 99.7 FM). For Charge Nation Memberships, group outings, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944. The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena 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 Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
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