The Canton Charge, powered by the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, saw a double-digit comeback effort fall short in a 120-118 defeat at the hands of the Long Island Nets at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Saturday night. The Nets improved to 1-1 after grabbing their first win in franchise history while Canton fell to 0-2
Long Island posted a huge third quarter in outscoring Canton 36-19 to pull ahead 92-74. The Nets controlled the third by working the paint for 20 points to the Charge’s 8 and outrebounding the hosts 16-8 in the quarter. Up 82-73 and 3:35 left in the third, Long Island finished on a 10-1 run to take control 92-74 heading into the final frame.
The Nets pushed their advantage to its largest of the game at 103-80 on a Devin Brooks layup with 8:23 left in the game. Canton fought back on an immediate 19-8 run to cut the deficit to 110-101. Trailing 116-103 and 36.3 seconds left, Canton scored on six of their final seven possessions of the game, but time expired after Quinn Cook’s jumper went through to put the comeback short. The Charge hit 56% of their fourth quarter looks from the field (15-of-27) in scoring 44 points.
Canton’s Quinn Cook led all scorers with 29 points to go along with five assists and two steals in 41 minutes. Justin Johnson netted 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 34 minutes. Kent State product Chris Evans scored 20 points with seven boards and two steals in 35 minutes. Mike Dunigan added 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting with five rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes before fouling out.
Six Nets scored in double figures, led by Brooklyn assignment Chris McCullough’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds with two steals in 26 minutes. Boris Dallo let the Long Island reserves unit with 16 points, six boards, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes. Carrick Felix added 15 points and three blocks in 27 minutes. The Nets bench accounted for 65 of the team’s 120 points on the night.