Rumor has it that the officials for the Canton Charge vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders game all got shiny new whistles for Christmas and like with any new toy wanted to play with them as much as possible. This they did as they allowed the Los Angeles D-Fenders forty free throw attempts (of which they made 30) while Canton was 14 out of 22 attempts. Not to say that this was excessive penalty calling but at one point in the game the Charge was called for four penalties in one LA possession which has to be some kind of a record for the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Luckily for the home team the D-Fenders were only good for 27-of-73 for 37% as Canton led the entire game while keeping a double digit lead through most of the game for the 115-87 win. A lively crowd of 3,155 cheered on the Canton Charge (11-7), presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers as they defeated the struggling Los Angeles D-Fenders (5-13) on Tuesday night. At one point, Canton led by as much as 28 points.
The game started out exciting but scoreless as both teams showed brilliant defense under the boards. The Charge was the first team to catch fire as they had nine assists on field goals hitting 12-of-22 for 55% in the first quarter. This combined with stiff competition under the basket saw Canton outrebound the D-Fenders 15-5 as they took a 34 to 20 lead at the first buzzer.
The Charge kept applying pressure in the second (using a full court press which they used for much of the game) while hitting 55% on 11-of-20. LA managed to cut the lead briefly to single digits on an 8-1 run during just 2:21as they managed to get within nine at 55-46. Canton responded with a Michael Dunigan basket taking the lead to double digits once more and out of reach for the rest of the game.
The Charge finished the night dishing out 32 assists, a new franchise record, on 43-of-79 shooting (54%). Canton held Los Angeles to 87 points on 27-of-73 shooting (37%) and five assists. The D-Fenders came into tonight averaging 116.4 points per game, while the Charge boasts the third-ranked scoring defense in the D-League, allowing just 97.5 points per game.
Antoine Agudio finished with 22 points on 6-of-7 three-point shooting, five assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Arinze Onuaku posted his ninth double-double in 12 games with 23 points on 10of-14 shooting, 13 boards and two blocks in 32 minutes. Dunigan netted 11 points with 15 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 36 minutes. Brandon Paul added 11 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, while Stephen Holt rounded out the starting five with 15 points and four assists in 26 minutes.
Los Angeles was paced by Keith Appling’s 24 points and three steals in 36 minutes. Roscoe Smith netted 14 points with eight rebounds and three steals in 41 minutes. Jabari Brown added 18 points and six rebounds in 44 minutes, while Vander Blue poured in 19 points with four boards and four assists in 43 minutes for the D-Fenders.
The Charge head out west to begin the new year for a pair of games against the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors affiliate), beginning on Friday, January 2nd at 10:30 p.m. Canton returns to the Civic Center on Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. for a matchup with the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks affiliate)!
Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more and Fan Experience Packages, such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court, are available! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head towww.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
The Canton Charge, presented by SecureData 365, are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.