Canton falls in Bakersfield

The Canton Charge were defeated by the Bakersfield Jam, 112-104, at the Dignity Health Events Center on Thursday night.  The loss drops the Charge to 9-5 on the season, while the Jam evened their mark at 8-8.

Canton ran out to a 28-23 first quarter lead behind Gilbert Brown’s 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.  The Charge assisted 10 of their 12 first quarter field goals on 20 attempts (60%) from the floor.

The Charge used a 9-4 run to start the second to knot the game up at 32-32, but Bakersfield immediately put up a 12-2 run of their own over the next 3:33 to go ahead 44-34.  The Jam outscored Canton 32-19 in the second quarter and were in control at the intermission with a 55-47 lead.

The Jam fended off the Charge throughout the entire second half, never relinquishing their lead and earning 28 trips to the free-throw line, hitting 21.  Canton got it to within one basket on three separate occasions, but Bakersfield responded with a bucket of their own on the ensuing possession each time back down. 

Brown led all scorers with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 40 minutes.  Jorge Gutierrez posted his fifth-career double-double with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds, a career-high 13 assists and four steals in 35 minutes.  Shane Edwards tallied 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting with six rebounds in 32 minutes.  Canton set a new franchise record for steals in a game with 15.

All five Jam starters totaled double-digit scoring, led by Jared Cunningham’s 22 that included 12-of-13 from the free-throw line and four steals in 33 minutes.  Brian Butch posted 21 points with 11-of-13 from the free throw line, 14 rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes.  As a team, Bakersfield hit 31-of-42 foul shots (74%), while Canton was 15-of-19 (79%).

The Charge continue their west coast visit when they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors on Saturday, January 4th at 10:00 p.m.  Fans can follow all of the action with live stats and a live YouTube stream of the game on CantonCharge.com.

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