The margin was closer Saturday night, but the Canton Charge still ride off with a 101-91 victory over Sioux Falls before a sold-out crowd at the Sanford Pentagon. Canton ends up with a weekend sweep.  

The only Skyforce (17-13) lead came on a Scotty Hopson jump shot less than a minute into the game. From there, the Charge parried every rally the ‘Force could muster. At halftime the score was 52-48 and 73-70 with twelve minutes left.

After getting miniscule opportunities to fast break on Friday, the partisan crowd on Military Night was treated to more open court play by the home team in game two of the back-to-back. However, the continued rebounding excellence by Canton (18-14) was sustained by a 45-27 margin.

Skyforce guard A.J. Davis acknowledged the lack of rebounding was a difference. “We’re kind of undersized. The two big guys really hurt us a lot.” Those two big guys were Arinze Onuaku who posted 23 points with 13 rebounds and 7-footer Alex Kirk who scored 13 with 4 rebounds. However, 3 of Kirk’s 4 caroms were on the offensive glass.

Cleveland’s Joe Harris who is on assignment with Canton was kept under wraps with only 11 points and Davis says that was by design. “That was the main focus to guard the 3-point line, because Harris is a good shooter. We had to watch our p’s and q’s and follow the plan laid out for us.”

Hopson did his best to keep Sioux Falls close with 22 points complete with highlight material if you scroll down and Michael Williams came off the bench to contribute 16 points. Fuquan Edwin added 14 tallies with 4 steals in a reserve role.

Each team has one more game before the All-Star festivities in Brooklyn next weekend. Sioux Falls will play a Tuesday matinee at Iowa while Canton will host Reno on Thursday.