The additions of Cavaliers players Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic along with the return of John Holland and London Perrantes were not enough on Saturday night as the Charge fell to the Long Island Nets 116-101 at the Civic Center. Canton shot only 34.7% from the field and 69.2% from the free throw line.
Osman and Zizic were on assignment for this game from the Cleveland as Cavaliers assistant coaches Phil Handy, Damon Jones & Vitaly Potapenko were in attendance watching the duo.
Osman scored 21 points in his G-League debut but struggled shooting the ball from the field and the free throw line. He was 7-23 from the field including 2-10 from three point range and 5-9 from the free throw line. Osman looked nervous and uncomfortable in the first half but settled down and did some nice things in the second half.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve played this many minutes and I’m not in my best shape right now,” Osman said. “I took some bad shots and I’m really sorry about that…but I’ll get better day by day.”
Zizic scored 14 points on 6-10 from the field to go along with seven rebounds and a blocked shot. He was a bit more comfortable that his Cavalier teammate having spent some time with the Charge earlier this season.
John Holland struggled in his return to Canton after spending part of this past week with the Cavaliers. Holland ended up with 13 points but was only 4-12 from the field. Perrantes, after missing the past three games in concussion protocol, also struggled from the field going 2-11 with 12 points with seven coming from the free throw line.
The Charge shot only 21.6% from three point range. Osman, Holland, Perrantes and Marcus Thornton were a combined 5-28 (18%). It was no doubt an off shooting night for the Charge.
Jacorey Williams was the most solid Charge player for the game posting a double/double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two steals.
For the Nets Isaiah Whitehead on assignment from Brooklyn scored 32 points to lead Long Island. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists. Milton Doyle also had a nice game for Long Island scoring 30 points on 10-18 from the field.
Canton’s next game is Tuesday at the Greensboro Swarm. The Charge now stand at 2-5 on the season.
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