The Canton Charge (3-6) dropped their third straight home game and second straight to the Long Island Nets (7-4) on Friday night at the Canton Civic Center.
The Charge got off to a quick 4-0 lead before the Nets went on a 13-2 run and never looked back as they held a 56-39 lead at the half. The closest the Charge would get the rest of the way was 68-56 with 6:31 to go in the third quarter.
It was a sloppy game from start to finish for the Charge as they ended the game with 22 turnovers with 14 of them coming in the first half. They shot 44% from the field but only converted 5 of 20 (25%) three point attempts.
Ante Zizic, on assignment from Cleveland, was the leading scorer with 19 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked one shot in 23 minutes. Arthur Edwards provided a nice spark in 22 minutes off the bench scoring 18 points and also grabbing 9 rebounds. He connected on three out of his four attempts from three point range. Jacorey Williams and Marcus Thornton each chipped in 13 points.
Leading scorer John Holland had 16 points but was only 1-6 from three point range. He talked with me about their struggles on Friday night and overall so far this season.
“They were making a lot of shots…we were not making shots…just like last game,” Holland said. “We gotta do better…better job defending the line. Turnovers…it was an ugly game. We gotta get back together and look at each other and figure out how we can get better. It’s still early so we have plenty of time to get it turned around.”
Kendrick Perkins struggled on Friday night coming off the bench in relief of Zizic. In 16 minutes he scored only two points from the free throw line missing all three shots he attempted including a missed dunk that didn’t get above the rim. Perkins also turned the ball over three times and committed 3 personal fouls. He was assessed two technical fouls for arguing foul calls with the refs.
Coach Nate Reinking was not happy with his teams effort in giving up 17 three point shots and turning the ball over 22 times as the team is now 0-3 at home.
“You are supposed to protect your court…you have got to protect your home in this league,” Reinking said. “Every player needs to man up. We need to look at this film and get better in practice.”
The Charge go on a two game road trip on Monday at the Salt Lake City Stars and Wednesday at the Texas Legends before returning home on Friday to face the Delaware 87ers.