If there were any young aspiring basketball players in attendance at the Canton Civic Center on Saturday night they certainly did not get any lessons in defense from their home team. The Charge (8-12) surrendered their franchise record for points in their 139-119 loss to the first place Wisconsin Herd (14-8).
The Charge got off to a much better start to this game than they did on Thursday night at the Q as the game was tied at 32 after one quarter. Canton shot 50% from the floor led by Arthur Edwards who came off the bench and hit two three’s. Wisconsin came out hot shooting 60% in the quarter. James Young made all four of his shots including two from three point range en route to 10 first quarter points.
Both teams continued their hot shooting in the second quarter. The Herd scored the first points of the quarter and maintained the lead going into halftime up 77-67. Frustration started to mount on the Charge side due to the foul calls on Canton which resulted in 23 first half free throw attempts for the Herd. Kendrick Perkins picked up a technical foul for voicing his displeasure to an official. James Young continued his scoring onslaught as he put up another 14 points in the quarter and had a game high 24 points at the half. Marcus Thornton led Canton with 16 points hitting on 4-6 from three.
Canton was able to close the gap to six on a Marcus Thornton three with seven minutes to play in the third quarter. That was the closest the Charge would get the rest of the way. There was a sequence late in the quarter in which Charge hustle man Gerald Beverly came up with a huge block on a dunk attempt by Wisconsin’s Joel Bolomboy that led to a London Perrantes three at the other end firing up the home crowd. That chain of events cut the Herd lead to 99-91. After four straight Herd points Beverly once again came up big as he was fouled on a dunk and converted the and one free throw cutting the deficit to nine. Unfortunately the Herd were able to end the quarter on a 10-3 run taking a 113-97 lead into the final quarter.
The Charge made a late run as they cut what was a 23 point Herd lead to 13 on an Arthur Edwards three with just over three minutes to play but time was running out and the deficit was too large to overcome. Frustration late in the game led to a flagrant one foul on an excessive mugging by Canton’s Caleb Swanigan. It was Canton’s second flagrant of the game as Kendrick Perkins was also whistled for a flagrant one on a hard foul at the rim in the third quarter.
The free throw disparity was baffling as Wisconsin went to the line 43 times compared to Canton’s 18 attempts. Canton coach Nate Reinking did not want to talk about the free throw differential after the game.
“I’m not even commenting on the referee’s,” said Reinking. “It is what it is in this league.”
Wisconsin came into this game leading the lead in turnovers at almost 20 per game but only turned it over a season low nine times on Saturday night as the Charge had only four steals in the game.
“The only concern was they were leading the league in turnovers and we didn’t force them,” said Reinking. “Like I said they got to the free low line a heck of a lot…just too many points.”
London Perrantes had 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead Canton. Arthur Edwards was big off the bench dropping in 24 points on 8-11 from the floor including 6-8 from three point range. Marcus Thornton finished with 19 points and nine assists while Caleb Swanigan had 17 points and nine rebounds in his second game with the Charge.
Wisconsin was led by James Young who dropped in 31 points on an efficient 11-14 from the floor. Joel Bolomboy was big inside for the Herd with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Former Cleveland Cavalier and two time NBA champion Shannon Brown scored 17 points off of the Herd bench.
The Charge will have a rematch with the Herd in Oshkosh, WI on Wednesday night before returning home on Friday to face the Westchester Knicks (16-8) at the Canton Civic Center.