Wade's Career High Leads Canton by Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IND. - The Canton Charge defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 124-113, on Sunday afternoon at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Canton took the lead for good with 2:52 left in the first half behind a season high 29 points from Dean Wade.
Canton (24-13) saw seven total players in double figure scoring, including all five starters. Wade led the Charge on 9-of-14 shooting, also grabbing eight rebounds and four steals. Canton was playing with just 10 players with Levi Randolph and J.P. Macura inactive. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Sheldon Mac and Marques Bolden each chipped in 18 points, Matt Mooney scored 15, Sir'Dominic Pointer had 12 and Malik Newman scored 11 with a team high nine rebounds in the balanced Canton effort.
Fort Wayne (18-20) was paced by Brian Bowen II's career high 34 point day. The Indiana Pacer two-way player scored 19 second half points as they Mad Ants tried to rally back, but a 21.4 percent shooting for the team from three point range hampered those efforts. The Mad Ants trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter and rallied back to within eight points with 1:53 to play before succumbing.
The Mad Ants jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first quarter on a Travin Thibodeaux putback layup, marking their biggest lead of the game. Thibodeaux registered his first double double of the year with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Charge pushed ahead behind their three point shooting, going 5-for-10 in the first quarter.
Fort Wayne rallied back from a 10 point first quarter deficit to tie the game less than two minutes into the second quarter. The teams treaded water for a while, but Mooney pushed the Canton lead to seven at the 10:37 mark of the third quarter on a free throw worth three points. Wade scored the next four points to push Canton back ahead by double digits.
A five point gap with 10:06 to play in the game led to a four minute, eight second long, 13-0 scoring run for Canton with contributions from four different players. The run reached its pinnacle on an Abdur-Rahkman pullup.
The Charge ended up shooting 53.8% from the floor (42-78), 41.7% from three point range (10-24) and 84% from the free throw line (21-25). That marked the most free throws shot and hit against Fort Wayne this season. The Mad Ants shot 49.5% from the floor (48-97), the aforementioned 21.4% from three point range (6-28) and 57.1% from the free throw line (8-14).
Fort Wayne did win the rebounding battle, 48-38.
Official attendance for the game was 3,350.
Canton will return to action on Tuesday as they host College Park. Fort Wayne will play on the road Tuesday night at Raptors 905. The two teams will reconvene next Sunday with a 3 p.m. tip at Cleveland, Ohio's Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
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