From tip-off to last buzzer, Canton Charge basketball is fast pace, exciting and very affordable. Everything is geared for families from the low price on the tickets, to inexpensive parking nearby to food prices that won’t make you choke.
The team takes its basketball very serious and in the short time the team has been together and in spite of player comings and goings, the players have jelled into a fast moving and high scoring cohesive unit.
Just a short ride from Cleveland (and much shorter from Akron) it is worth the trip to see these stars of tomorrow perform. If you like fast action and high flying thrills, make some plans to come out and see a game or two or more. Once you start, you will find yourself hooked on the Canton Charge.
Canton Charge Highlights of December 29 Game Against Maine
The Canton Charge set a new season high with their fourth-straight win with a 111-98 victory over the Maine Red Claws at the Civic Center Thursday night. The win was Canton’s second over Maine in three nights. The Charge improved to 7-5 on the season while the Red Claws fell to 4-8.
After Canton came out quickly in the previous meeting Tuesday, Thursday’s matchup was closely contested throughout the first half. The Charge took a four-point lead into halftime, with every player getting in the scoring column.
As it has been throughout this winning streak, the Charge’s best offensive quarter was also their best defensive quarter. Canton came out in the third surging and outscored Maine 31-18 to control the game behind Tyrell Biggs’ 10 points. The home team never looked back as they are now 7-0 when scoring over 100 points in a game.
Biggs finished with 18 points and five rebounds to lead Canton in scoring. Frank Hassell provided a strong presence inside with 11 points and seven boards after being added to the roster just hours before tipoff. Antonio Graves picked up where he left of Tuesday with high energy all over the court in adding nine points and five rebounds. Graves hasn’t been hesitant whatsoever after coming back from a wrist injury, diving after loose balls and flying after missed shots.
Antoine Agudio put up his fifth-straight game with double-digit points, finishing with 15 supplemented by five rebounds. Trent Strickland added 11 points, five rebounds and one monster dunk on a fast break in the fourth quarter that got all 2,383 at the Civic Center on their feet.
Kenny Hayes paced the Red Claws with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and four assists. Ricky Davis made his D-League debut for Maine, providing six points, two rebounds and four assists in just under 25 minutes of play. Paul Harris had his second double-double in as many games with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Charge will cap off their four game homestand on New Year’s Eve against the Erie BayHawks on Saturday night. Maine will head home to host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday night.
CANTON CHARGE POSTGAME QUOTES
HEAD COACH ALEX JENSEN
(Opening Statement): “In the D-League, it’s really hard to beat a team two nights in a row so congrats to our guys. They came out a little slow, but like I told our guys after the game, our best quarter offensively over the last four games has been our best quarter defensively as well. The nice thing about tonight is we did not shoot the ball particularly well, and I think we did come out and shoot a lot of threes, but I didn’t mind it because most of them were open. It came from unselfish passes. It’s good to win like that tonight and not have to shoot 50% from the three-point line. Defensively, we did a good job. Rebounding, team-wise, we tied with 47 apiece. One thing I’m very proud of our guys for is I think we played very unselfish, and I think you could see there was very rarely a time when we didn’t make the extra pass. (That) makes it fun and also translates to success. The crowd was really good tonight, there were some more people and that was fun. Congrats to (the Red Claws), Dave (Leitao) does a good job. He had them prepared from the start, but we did a good job defensively.”
(On getting progressively better as the game went on): “We came out and (Maine) got the lead in the first six or seven minutes because we missed shots. In the past when we’ve gone on bad runs, we missed shots and then tried to make things happen fast on offense and then we get relaxed defensively. That wasn’t the case tonight. I think we progressively got better and the shots were falling because we stayed solid.”
(On making the hustle plays): “We got on the floor a couples times. Antonio (Graves) got on the floor, Antoine (Agudio) jumped on the floor and Travis (Frankline) won the jump ball; those are game-winning plays. You don’t win or lose games necessarily because you miss shots. I think you can point to a lot of things: a lot of guys took charges tonight. Those are the game-changing plays that help you win games.”
(On playing as a team):“When you have a lot of different players coming in and out, the number one thing you need to do is play unselfish and I think that’s what we did tonight. We were swinging the ball, passing it around, getting up and down the court and let everybody get touches. We have a different high scorer every time we play so that lets people know how much we’re sharing the ball and how much we like playing with each other.”
CHARGE CLAIM FRANK HASSELL
Hassell was in 2011 training camp with the San Antonio Spurs
The Canton Charge announced that they have claimed forward/center Frank Hassell (6-9, 245, Old Dominion) with their number one waiver preference position. Hassell was last in training camp with the San Antonio Spurs before being waived on December 24th, 2011.
In two preseason appearances with San Antonio this year, Hassell averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.0 minutes of play. Before going to camp with the Spurs, Hassell was briefly with Bandirma Kirmizi of the Turkish Basketball League.
Hassell, 23, played in 138 games and averaged 9.3 points on .526 shooting with 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in his career at Old Dominion University. He had a standout senior campaign in which he averaged 15.0 points on .561 shooting with 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while leading the Monarchs to an NCAA tournament berth. During the 2010-2011 season, he was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association, Colonial Athletic Association All-Defensive team and Colonial Athletic Association tournament MVP.
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