Charge split road trip after falling in Maine

The Canton Charge (1-2), presented by SecureData 365, will head back to the Memorial Civic Center tomorrow night having split their two-game road trip after falling to the Maine Red Claws (3-0), 94-90, in Portland on Friday night.

Canton trailed just 43-42 at intermission thanks in part to a strong opening half from Chris Crawford. The wing led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the Charge as a team shot 39%. Maine’s Andre Stringer nailed all four of his three-point attempts in the first half to pace the Red Claws with 12 points.

Both teams came out of the break with a hot hand on offense, with the Charge hitting 9-of-14 shots from the field (63%) and 10-of-13 free-throws in the third for 29 points. The Red Claws matched them by nailing 11-of-20 attempts (55%) of their own and evening Canton’s point total to maintain a one point advantage at 72-71 heading into the final frame. The third quarter alone featured 17 lead changes and nine ties.

With Maine leading 79-76, the Charge began heating up with a 10-2 run to pull ahead for their largest lead of the night at 88-81 and 4:17 left. The Red Claws then dug in to force four Canton misses and three turnovers the rest of the game on a 13-2 run to pull ahead for the win.

Alex Kirk finished with his first double-double at 22 points and 10 rebounds, with three blocks in 43 minutes. Crawford totaled 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes. Justin Johnson came off the bench to provide 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 25 minutes.

Four of the five Maine starters posted double-digit scoring, led by Tim Frazier’s 18 on 7-of-10 shooting and eight assists with nine turnovers in 36 minutes. Christian Watford added 15 points, nine boards, and two steals in 39 minutes. Jermaine Taylor supplied 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with four assists in 36 minutes.

The Charge meet the Grand Rapids Drive for the first time ever at the Canton Memorial Civic Center tomorrow, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Single game tickets for all 2014-2015 Canton Charge regular season home games are on sale now! To view the 2014-15 Canton Charge home schedule complete with promotions and special deals, head to www.CantonCharge.com/promotions.

2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships are on sale now starting at just $5 per game! Premium Memberships are also available with VIP Club access including food, Budweiser & Pepsi products starting at just $40 per game! 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.

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