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Clippers Comeback to Defeat Charge in Overtime 103-100

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Cleveland, OH- The Charge came into Saturday night looking to bounce back from a tough loss Friday against the Ontario Clippers. The Charge struggled Friday to keep the Clippers from scoring. They looked for a hard defensive effort tonight from their guys as they look to avoid the 2-game sweep.

Charge Start Strong

After the first few minutes of the game started off slow, the Charge looked to attack. They got Clippers big Moussa Diabate in early foul trouble with 2 in the first 5 minutes. Cleveland found themselves at the foul line 3 times in the first 6 minutes of game time. The bench unit came in and contributed immediately for Cleveland. Justin James made plays on both ends of the floor. He had 4 points and a blocked shot in the first quarter for the Charge. At the end of the first, the Charge led 25-16. Sharife Cooper led the way for the Charge with 6 points to go along with 2 assists.

Cleveland Stands Strong

At the start of the second quarter, it was all Clippers. Malik Fitts and Bryson Williams were leading the way for Ontario. The Clippers went on a 17-6 scoring run to take a 33-31 lead. Devontae Shuler and company would not let the lead grow any bigger. Shuler led the Charge’s scoring run that included a 4-point play. Cleveland came right back and went on a 17-5 scoring run to go up by 10. At the end of the 2nd quarter that would be the lead for the Charge. They led the Clippers 52-42 with Devontae Shuler leading the way with 12 points.

The third quarter was back-and-forth most of the way. Moussa Diabate and Keaton Wallace were leading the way for the Clippers in the third quarter. Diabate put in 8 points while Wallace added 7. For the Charge, Devontae Shuler continued his strong offensive performance. Shuler added 7 points in the quarter, pushing his game-high total to 19. At the end of the quarter, the Charge led 78-70.

Clippers Force OT

The Clippers came out in the 4th quarter ready to make a comeback. Ontario guard Xavier Moon came out firing after struggling in the first 3 quarters. Last night he led the way for the Clippers with 31 points and was trying to do the same on Saturday night down the stretch. The Charge were not going to let the game get away from them though. They tightened up on the defensive end forcing the Clippers into tough shots. Cleveland was able to make the most of their free throws in the clutch. They went 7-7 from the line in the 4th quarter totaling 8 free throw points. However, with 0.6 seconds on the clock, Bryson Williams got fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all the free throws at the line. The game was tied at 95 heading into the OT period.

Clippers Win

Due to NBA G-League rules, the first team to score 7 points in the overtime period will be declared the winner. The target score for the game was 102 points. Isaiah Mobley got the scoring started, but it was followed by 6 unanswered points by the Clippers. Cleveland stringed together defensive stops and an Isaiah Mobley hook shot. After a defensive stop, Sharife Cooper got fouled to put him at the line for 2. Cooper split the pair putting the score at 101-100 with Clippers’ possession out of a timeout. Off the Clippers inbound play, Bryson Williams finished the game with a hook shot that gave the Clippers the win.

Key Players

Cleveland Charge:

Isaiah Mobley: 25 points, 10 rebounds

Devontae Shuler: 21 points

Justin James: 17 points, 4 rebounds (off the bench)

Ontario Clippers:

Bryson Williams: 19 points, 8 rebounds

Xavier Moon: 19 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds

Keaton Wallace: 19 points, 5 rebounds

Next Up for the Charge

The Cleveland Charge travels to Motor City to take on the Cruise Wednesday morning. First-tip is slated for 11AM EST and can be listened to on NEO Sports Radio on the iHeartRadio App.



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