Charge open playoffs Thursday in Canton

The Canton Charge open their best-of-three playoff series Thursday at home vs. the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The first 1,500 fans receive a free t-shirt.

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CANTON — The Canton Charge have been in existence for three years, and are about to compete in the D-League postseason for the third time.

This time, the Charge will face the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the best-of-three first round. Game 1 is scheduled for Thursday at the Canton Memorial Civic Center at 7 p.m., the league announced Monday.

The D-League playoffs consist of eight teams — three division winners, and those with the five best records (regardless of division) below them.  Division winners get to "draft" their first-round opponent. Top overall seed Fort Wayne selected eighth-seeded Reno, with No. 2 Los Angeles picking No. 7 Santa Cruz, and No. 3 Iowa choosing No. 5 Rio Grande Valley.

That resulted in fourth-seeded Sioux Falls matched up with the sixth-seeded Charge.

Game 2 will be held in Sioux Falls on Thursday. Game 3, if necessary, would be held in Sioux Falls on Monday, April 14.

The Charge will stage a "gold out" for their postseason opener, offering a special gold playoff t-shirt to the first 1,500 fans in attendance. Tickets can be purchased at cantoncharge.com or by calling 866-444-1944.