PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, fell to the Canton Charge at the Portland Expo on Thursday, 110-99. Maine is 1-3 on the season against the Charge, and now hold a 3.5 game lead over Delaware for the Atlantic Division with only 4 games left to play, with a magic number to clinch the division at 2 games.
Leading Maine (28-18) tonight was Jordan Mickey, who was on assignment from the Boston Celtics, who scored 20 points on 8/17 shooting, and also added 11 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson, who was also on assignment from Boston, added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Coron Williams added 18 points off the bench for the Red Claws, going 4/8 from downtown. The Red Claws trailed by as many as 28 points in this game, but got it to 8 points late in the 4th quarter before Canton (29-18) put it away.
In the 1st quarter, Canton went on a 10-2 run to start the game before Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison called a timeout. Mickey finished a layup inside and connected on a free throw that cut the Charge lead to 6 at 14-8. Canton took a 10-point lead, 18-8, after Jonathan Holmes made a layup around a pair of defenders. After Maine got the lead back under 10, Holmes made a top of the key three-pointer that gave Canton a 12-point lead 25-13. Maine cut the Canton lead down to 8 points, 30-22 before the close of the quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, Canton scored the first bucket on a layup from Gerald Beverly that would give the Charge a 10-point lead back. Maine inched back under 10 points again, but John Holland drained a three that gave the Charge another 10-point lead 42-32. With under 6 minutes to play in the half, Maine found themselves trailing 44-37, after being down by as much as 14 points.
Coron Williams made his second three-point field goal of the half and cut the lead down to 4, 44-40. After cutting the lead down to 4, Canton went on a 16-0 run that gave them a 56-40 lead over Maine. At the half, Canton led Maine 62-44. Kay Felder who was on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers led the Charge with 17 points. Mickey led the Red Claws with 12 points.
In the 3rd quarter, Holmes connected on another three for the Charge, giving them a 23-point lead over Maine in the opening minutes of the quarter, their largest lead of the game to that point. Halfway through the quarter Maine was down by their largest deficit of the night, 79-51. Williams made a three for Maine that cut the canton lead back to 23 points, 85-62 with just under 3:30 to play. Maine outscored Canton 8-7 to close the quarter trailing by 22 points, 92-70.
In the 4th quarter, Cameron Jones kicked the scoring off for Canton, and Williams hit another three-pointer for Maine, the score was 94-73. Maine cut the lead down to 18 points, 96-78 after Demetrius Jackson made a jump shot at the top of the key. Maine continued to dwindle the Canton lead down, Mickey slammed home a dunk and it became a 13-point lead, 96-83. With just over 6 minutes to play, Maine trailed 96-85.
Holland nailed a three pointer to push the Canton lead back to 13, and then Abdel Nader answered his three with one of his own for Maine, keeping the deficit at 10 points, 99-89. Marcus Georges-Hunt was fouled going to the basket and made both free throws, Maine trailed 103-95 with 2:38 left in the game. Maine inched closer, but would go on to fall to Canton 110-99. Maine finished the game 36/92 (39.1%) from the floor, 11/44 (25%) from three, and 16/16 from the line. Canton was 45/93 (48.4%) from the floor, 8/25 (32%) from downtown, and 12/20 from the line.