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Vipers Outlast Charge

February 26, 2021 - NBA G League (G League) - Canton Charge News Release


Canton Charge guard/forward Charles Matthews vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Canton Charge guard/forward Charles Matthews vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
(Canton Charge, Credit: Juan Ocampo/NBA)

ORLANDO, FL - The Canton Charge (4-6), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (5-6) by a 120-102 score on Friday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

Newly signed Cavaliers Two-Way Player Brodric Thomas led Canton's six players in double figures with 15 points, five assists, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench. Malachi Richardson notched 14 points, including 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc, while Antonio Blakeney added 14 points and six rebounds. Sir'Dominic Pointer finished the night with 11 points and a game-high four steals. Sheldon Mac had his ninth-consecutive game with double-digit scoring with an effort of 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.

Kevin Porter Jr. recorded the only double-double of the game with 29 points and 10 boards with six assists in 32 minutes. Anthony Lamb scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 34 minutes. Josh Reaves was perfect from the floor, shooting 9-for-9 to become RGV's third 20-point scorer of the game with 20 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes. The Vipers led by as many as 30, held a 50-39 edge on the boards as well as a 52-44 points in the paint advantage.

After a tightly contested first quarter that ended with a two-point advantage to the Vipers, Rio Grande delivered a dominant second quarter, led by 12 points from Trevelin Queen in the period. The Vipers outscored the Charge 36-22 the second to take a 16-point lead to the break and never trailed in the second half. The Charge tried to rally, opening the fourth quarter with a 12-3 run, but were unable to pull back.

The Charge are right back at it tomorrow at 7:00 p.m., taking on the NBA G League Ignite - Watch on FOX Sports Ohio at 10:00 p.m. or listen along on 99.7 FM, Canton's New Country! Fans can stay up-to-date on the latest team news by following: @CantonCharge on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CantonCharge and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CantonCharge. Fans can download the new Canton Charge App on their smartphone via the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.

Become a member of Charge Nation and be there when the action returns to the Canton Memorial Civic Center! For more info, visit 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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Canton Charge guard Brodric Thomas vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Canton Charge guard Brodric Thomas vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers

(Juan Ocampo/NBA)
Canton Charge slam it home vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Canton Charge slam it home vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers

(Juan Ocampo/NBA)
Canton Charge guard/forward Charles Matthews vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Canton Charge guard/forward Charles Matthews vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers

(Juan Ocampo/NBA)

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