Charge topped in Iowa to split weekend pair
A night after clinching a spot in the postseason with a win over Iowa, Canton fell to the current #3 seed Energy 110-98 at the Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday evening. The Charge are now 28-20 and remain the #6 seed in the postseason with two games left to play. Iowa is now 29-18.
Canton assisted on seven of eight field goal makes in the first quarter, but were limited to just 35% shooting as a team. Iowa led by as many as 10 early, but the visitors finished on a 7-1 run to pull within 21-18 after 12 minutes of play.
The Energy maintained a lead throughout the entire second quarter despite the Charge cutting it to a one possession game on six separate occasions. Every Iowa player got into the scoring column in the first half, and the home team held a 46-40 advantage at the break.
The Charge came out with a 12-5 run in the opening 3:53 of the third for their first lead of the game at 52-51. Iowa then immediately countered with an 8-0 run of their own with three straight makes to go back ahead for a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. The Energy went up as many as 19 in the fourth to cruise to the win.
Gilbert Brown led all scorers with 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes. Antoine Agudio netted 18 points with six rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes. Olek Czyz came off the bench to add 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six boards in 25 minutes. Kyrylo Fesenko posted 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes for the Charge,
Othyus Jeffers led Iowa with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, 11 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. Curtis Stinson provided a double-double of 14 points and 11 assists with seven rebounds in 38 minutes. Moses Ehambe added 17 points and two steals in 29 minutes off the bench.