SANTA CRUZ, CA. Jan. 9, 2016 – The Canton Charge (8-11) defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders (9-11) by a score of 118-113 on Saturday to begin day four of the 2016 NBA Development League Showcase in Santa Cruz, CA.
Canton’s Jorge Gutierrez posted his first triple-double of the season by scoring 18 points on five-of-eight from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals. Quinn Cook scored a team-high 23 points with five boards, six assists, and two steals. Los Angeles Clippers assignee C.J. Wilcox added 21 points for the Charge.
Ryan Kelly paced Los Angeles with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting and six rebounds on assignment from the Lakers. Vander Blue scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half to go along with five assists and two steals. Andre Ingram came off the bench to add 21 points on 6-of-9 from three-point range in 26 minutes.
Los Angeles pulled ahead for a 35-25 lead after the first, with Blue and Kelly combining for 13 and 10 points each respectively. The Charge’s Wilcox netted 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the opening quarter. Both teams shot over 50% from the field, but the D-Fenders forced six turnovers and outscored the Charge 12-2 in the paint to help gain the advantage.
Canton began the second on a 9-0 run in the first 2:41 with four different players chipping in scoring to tie the game, 34-34. The teams went back-and-forth with seven lead changes and seven ties throughout the quarter, with Canton eventually gaining a 55-54 advantage at the half. The D-Fenders’ offense was limited to 6-of-21 shooting (29%) in the second while they surrendered the ball six times resulting in 10 points. Cleveland Cavaliers second round draft pick Sir’Dominic Pointer scored 10 points in the second quarter for the Charge.
The two teams continued to go back-and-forth in the third for two more lead changes and three ties, with neither able to maintain an advantage. With the D-Fenders leading 79-78 and 2:17 left, the Charge finished the period on an 8-2 run to go up 86-81. Kelly and Gutierrez netted 11 and 10 points respectively in the quarter to lead their teams.
Canton led for the entire fourth quarter and held off Los Angeles on four separate occasions where they came within one score. The D-Fenders’ Tarik Black finished with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and five boards on assignment from the Lakers. The Charge’s Cristiano Felicio added 10 points on assignment from the Chicago Bulls.