It was nip and tuck through the entire game but Brandon Paul’s fighting layup with 6.7 seconds was enough for the win as the Canton Charge (10-7), presented by SecureData 365 and powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers walked away with a victory against the Maine Red Claws (12-3). With the 96-95 victory at the Portland Expo Building this past Sunday the Canton Charge snaps and eight game winning streak that the Red Claws had enjoyed and which was a franchise best. The series is now tied at two apiece between the two Atlantic Division rivals.
Going into the fourth quarter, Canton was able to hold onto a five point lead of 79-74 and stayed ahead in to the first 6:14 of the final period. The Red Claws were not quite done as Andre Stringer put the team back on top with a three point shot from the perimeter. This put Maine ahead 93-87 with 3:31 left to play. Canton then went on a tear hitting for seven points to retake the lead 94-93 as Michael Dunigan tipped in a loose rebound. The Red Claw’s Tim Frazier charged the basket and managed a four-foot jumper as Canton called time out with 6.7 seconds left. Paul knifed through the lane and while spinning to his left tossed in what proved to be the game winning basket.
Paul finished with 20 points on 4-of-7 from three-point range and two steals in 38 minutes. Arinze Onuaku posted his eighth double-double in 11 games with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes. Stephen Holt poured in a season-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting with four assists and three steals in 37 minutes. Dunigan added 15 points, five boards and two steals in 36 minutes.
Six Maine players scored in double figures, led by Chris Babb’s 16 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes. Tim Frazier finished with 15 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Boston Celtics assignment James Young netted 15 points in 33 minutes.
Jorge Gutierrez returns to Canton Charge
After being called up by the Brooklyn Nets on March 6 during last season, Jorge completed the regular season in Brooklyn and served as a member of their post season roster. His season consisted of 15 games with the Nets with two starts and he averaged 4.1 points on .463 shooting with 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 steals while averaging 16.3 minutes per game. He was then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers who waived him on December 12.
Gutierrez spent two season for the Charge after being selected in the second round (26th overall) in the 2012 NBA D-League Draft. Prior to his NBA call-up he played in 35 games (starting in each one) and averaged 13.9 points on .461 shooting with 5.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.8 minutes per game.
Jorge was named to the First Team All0Defense and Second Team All-NBA Development League following the 2013-2014 season. Gutierrez will be joining the team as they return home on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 for the 7 p.m. game against the Los-Angeles D-Fenders (affiliated with the Los Angeles Lakers) who are coaced by head coach and Canton McKinley legend Phil Hubbard.
Charge Holiday Packs are now available, which include tickets to three Charge games, a Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort snow tubing pass, and an exclusive Cavs scarf starting at just $49! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.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.