The Windy City Bulls came into the Canton Civic Center on Friday night and spoiled CAVS night in front of 3,161 fans ending the Canton Charge win streak at three games 110-105.
The Charge trailed most of the game and by as much as 23 points in the third quarter. They trailed 62-50 at halftime after shooting 41% from the floor (38% from three). Windy City was red hot in the first half as they hit 58% of their shots (53% from three) led by Chicago Bulls two-way player Antonio Blakeney with 18 points. Kendrick Perkins tallied 10 points and eight rebounds to lead Canton in the first half.
Canton trailed by 23 points in the third quarter before charging back to cut the deficit to 12 at 88-76 to close the third frame.
The Charge made things interesting in the fourth getting the large crowd into it for the first time all night. After two Isaac Hamilton free throws cut the Bulls lead to 90-85 the Charge missed easy shots at the rim on two straight possessions that could half trimmed the lead to one. Windy City extended the lead out to nine at 101-92 with 3:58 to go in the game. Canton made one last comeback attempt as Arthur Edwards hit a three point shot with 1:36 left in the game cutting the deficit to 103-99. Hamilton scored on two straight possessions pulling the CAVS within two at 105-103 with 42 seconds to play before the Bulls Antonio Blakeney scored on a drive to the basket putting Windy City up by four and putting the game away.
The Charge were led by Jacorey Williams with 19 points and eight rebounds. Isaac Hamilton dropped 15 points off the bench but was shutout from deep going 0-4 from three point range. Gerald Beverly had another strong game bringing energy off the bench with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes. London Perrantes finished with 12 points and 10 assists.
Akeem Springs struggled in his first start of the season in place of the injured John Holland and went scoreless in 14 minutes. He had developed a nice rhythm coming off the bench. I asked coach Nate Reinking if starting threw him out of that rhythm.
“No I don’t think so, it was just one of those games,” Reinking said. “That’s just the way it went with the rotations.”
Blakeney led all scorers for the game with 32 points. He also chipped in eight rebounds and seven assists. Jacorey Williams was asked what he thought of the Windy City star.
“Oh he’s a player man, he’s a two-way player for a reason in my eyes,” Williams said. “In my eyes he is an NBA player.”
The Charge hit the road for two games starting with a Sunday afternoon game in Cedar Park, Texas against the Austin Spurs before returning home on Friday against the South Bay Lakers.