The Canton Charge came into Saturday night’s home finale against the Wisconsin Herd fresh off of a 114-99 road win over Fort Wayne on Friday. The Charge were looking for their first win over the Herd this season having dropped back to back games on 12/28 and 12/30.
The Charge got off to a cold start to the game hitting only three of their first 14 shots in the first six minutes of the game but only trailed by three at 12-9. Canton was able to find their range to close out the quarter hitting seven of the last 11 shots to close out the first quarter with a 27-25 lead. Jacorey Williams and Isaac Hamilton paced Canton with six point a piece.
Canton came out strong in the second quarter as Marcus Thornton scored the first five points and the Charge ran out to their biggest lead of the game at 35-27. They led by as many as nine points with three minutes to play before Wisconsin closed the half on a 14-5 run to tie the game at 53 going into halftime. Jacorey WIlliams led the Charge first half scoring with 12 points. Herd leading scorer Xavier Mumford put up 17 first half points for Wisconsin.
The Charge put together a strong third quarter taking their first double digit lead of the game on an Isaac Hamilton three point play with 9:20 to play in the quarter. They held the lead at double digits throughout most of the third quarter leading by as many as 13 points and took an 85-76 lead into the final quarter. Jacorey Williams continued to lead the scoring with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds.
The fourth quarter was competetive and closely contested as the Herd cut an 11 point Charge lead down to 92-90 with 7:15 to play in the game. Wisconsin had a chance to tie or take the lead on the next possession but a Grant Jerrett block swung the momentum back to Canton as Isaac Hamilton buried a three on the other end for a 95-90 lead. The Charge held a six point lead for the next three plus minutes before Wisconsin cut it to three with 45 seconds to play. A big Scoochie Smith steal sealed the game as the Charge closed the home portion of the season with a 109-103 victory.
Coach Reinking talked about finishing the season strong even though they did not make the post season.
“This is a crazy game and it feels like the bounces are starting to go our way,” said Reinking. “It was nice getting some wins at the end of the year when we could have just packed it in.”
Jacorey Williams was big for the Charge with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Thornton dropped in 20 points and Grant Jerrett put up 17 points, 9 rebounds and two huge blocked shots. Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 13 assists.
After the game Jacorey Williams talked about his first year in the NBA G League.
“I adapted to the pro style of play and learned a lot from guys like John Holland and all the guys coming down from the Cavs,” said Williams. “I learned how to stay focused mentally as well because it’s a lot to deal with guys coming in and out and going up and down. It’s a difficult league to play in but if you focus mentally you can get through it.”
Xavier Mumford had a nice game for Wisconsin scoring 26 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. James Blackmon had 21 points.
The Charge meet the Herd again on Friday night at Wisconsin in the season finale.