The Canton Charge (4-7) won their first home game and second game in a row on Friday night with a 120-113 victory over the Delaware 87ers (3-11) at the Canton Civic Center.
Cleveland Cavaliers two-way players John Holland and London Perrantes both contributed strong performances leading the way. Holland finished with 25 point, five rebounds and 4 steals. Perrantes registered a double/double scoring 13 points and dishing out 16 assists tying the team record for the second time this season.
The Charge got off to a strong start in the first quarter holding a 31-28 lead. Jacorey Williams went to work down low as he scored six first quarter points in the paint. John Holland was perfect in the first quarter going 2-2 from the field (1-1 from three) and 4-4 from the free throw line giving him nine first quarter points. The Charge closed out the scoring with London Perrantes dishing out one of his 16 assists on an alley oop dunk to Gerald Beverly.
The second quarter saw the 87ers get hot from the field as they hit five three’s early in the frame and ran out to their biggest lead 60-51 with 3:16 to play in the half. The Charge closed the half on a 9-3 run for a 63-60 deficit at halftime.
Canton took Charge of the game in the third quarter as they outscored Delaware 33-19. Kendrick Perkins gave the Charge a big lift scoring six points in the paint and grabbing seven rebounds. Kevin Olekaibe came off the bench and gave the Charge a spark scoring five points including a nice and one near the end of the frame as Canton led 93-82 heading into the final frame.
The fourth quarter was tightly contested as the 87ers came back to tie the game at 97 with just over 8:00 to go in the game. The Charge were able to regroup and were able to hold a small lead before pulling away late in route to the 120-113 victory.
The Charge received strong efforts from Akeem Springs and Gerald Beverly off the bench. Springs scored 10 points on 3-5 from three point range. Beverly was a huge key as he put up 14 points and 8 rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
“Beverly is an energy guy…he comes in and brings energy, grabs rebounds and defends.” coach Nate Reinking said of Beverly.
Coach Reinking also see’s some chemistry starting to build with the team.
“These guys are together all the time practicing and working to get better,” Reinking said. “It’s a simple game when you move the ball and defend.”
The Charge shot 50% from the field and 83% from the free throw line while dishing out 27 assists. They tied their season high with 120 points scored.