Charge win third straight behind Springs

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The Canton Charge won their third in a row after defeating the Grand Rapids Drive 113-102 Wednesday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in front of a crowd of 1,421.
Both teams got off to a slow start. Grand Rapids scored the first two points of the game thanks to two made free-throws by center Landry Nnoko. Both teams went back and forth as the first quarter played on. Canton was finally able to get some separation near the end of the first quarter and led going into the second quarter 29-22.
The Charge then started to pull away from Grand Rapids midway through the second quarter by building up a double-digit lead. Canton led at the half 59-45.
In the first half, Charge guard Isaac Hamilton scored 10 points and finished with 13 points, going a perfect 3-3 from deep. Hamilton played 19 minutes.
The Canton Charge out-scored the Grand Rapids Drive 59-45 in the first half. Canton out-scored the Drive in 3 of the 4 quarters Wednesday night. Grand Rapids was only able to out-score Canton in the fourth quarter 31-22.
Despite the 11-point victory over Grand Rapids, the Drive did make things interesting mid-way through the fourth quarter. After being down 102-83 with 6:24 left in the fourth, the Drive went on an 8-0 run to cut the Charge lead down to 91-102 with 5:33 left. Canton head coach Nate Reinking called a time-out after Drive guard Bronson Koenig drilled a three. Koenig played 32 minutes and finished with 8 points.
Coming out of the time-out, Canton guard Akeem Springs ended the Grand Rapids scoring run by knocking down a jump shot. Springs played 25 minutes, but led the Charge in scoring with 18 points. Springs also hit 3-5 from deep.
For the Grand Rapids Drive, forward Luis Montero played 34 minutes, went 6-12 from the field, made 4 of his 6 three-pointers and finished with 20 points. Montero led the Drive in scoring ahead of center Landry Nnoko who finished with 17 points. Guards Jamel Morris and Kenneth Smith both scored in double figures as well. Morris had 14 points and Smith chipped in 12.
Grand Rapids as a team shot 44% from the field (37-84), hit 13-36 from three (36%) and went 15-19 (79%) from the free-throw line.
Canton had seven players finish the night in double figures when it came to points. Forward JaCorey Williams had 11, Marcus Thornton and Ante Zizic both had 16 points a piece, London Perrantes had 12, Kevin Olekaibe scored 14, Isaac Hamilton finished with 13 and Akeem led the Charge in scoring with 18.
The Canton Charge as a team hit 41-74 (55%) from the field, went 16-24 (67%) from three-point range and hit 15-21 (71%) from the free-throw line. The Charge out-rebounded the Drive 39-36 and won the assists battle 26-18. Both teams committed 17 turnovers as well.
With the loss to Canton, Grand Rapids now falls to 7-10 and the road record now stands at 2-6.
With the win Wednesday night over Grand Rapids, the Charge have now won three straight and move into third place in the Eastern Conferences’ Central division with an overall record of 6-7. Canton now has a home record of 2-3. The Charge still trail the Fort Wayne Ants (Indiana Pacers Affiliate) by 3.5 games for first place in the Central. Canton’s next game will be on Friday, December 15th when the Charge will host the 5-8 Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls Affiliate) at 7 PM at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.