Inconsistency hurts Charge in Home Opener Loss to Memphis 124-117

first_img2-12 from 3 in 2nd halfStarted 18-18 FTFinished 27-35 (All misses were in 4th quarter) By Corey PerezCANTON, OHIO – The Memphis Hustle grooved into Canton on Wednesday night and spoiled the home opener for the Canton Charge who fell to (1-3) with a 124-117 setback.  The Hustle improved to (2-2) on the young G-League season.After one the Charge jumped out to a 7 point lead, with Cavaliers 2-way player John Holland leading the charge  with an easy 13 first quarter points, on 4-5 shooting from the field. Canton fans were hoping the first quarter was a sign that Holland was on his was to repeating his 43 point performance from Sunday in Maine.Holland continued his hot shooting in the second quarter as he added 5 more points to finish with 18 points in the half. The biggest story of the first half was the breakout performance of JaCorey Williams who had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the first frame, shooting a perfect 6 for 6 from the field.Williams was able to thrive in the open floor and got himself some easy buckets “ both teams were getting up and down so that kind of fit me well, but I was also patient.” Williams is a Cavaliers affiliate player, meaning he was in training camp with the Cavs before being cut, thus sending him to directly into the hands of Canton.Memphis had a strong 2nd quarter behind the play of Ivan Rabb. Rabb of course spent 2 seasons at California before being drafted in the 2nd round in last summer’s NBA draft.Rabb had 13 points to go with 6 rebounds, guard Kobi Simmons (Arizona) added 6 assists along with 5 points in the first half. The Hustle outscored the Charge 33-29 in the second quarter cutting the Canton lead to 66-63 at half.Memphis came out aggressive in the 3rd quarter keeping the Canton defense on its heels by attacking them downhill. This proved to be problematic for the Charge as they were unable to create any sort of rhythm on the offensive side of the court while also struggling to get stops, Memphis scored 37 points in the quarter.When asked after the game about the 3rd quarter struggles Canton Coach Nate Reinking was not pleased “You can’t give up 37 points in a quarter and expect to win.”As bad as the defense was in the 3rd quarter for Canton, their 3-point shooting was worse, through 3 quarters the Charge shot 5-20 from behind the arc.For a frame of reference on how important the 3 point shot is for Canton, in games where Canton shoots under 40% from 3 point land they are (0-3) and when they have shot over 40% they have their lone victory on the season. Small sample size yes, but this will definitely be something to keep an eye on as Canton’s season progresses.With the Hustle holding an 8 point lead when the fourth quarter began, the Charge kept trying to fight back into things but were never able to catch up.Coach Reinking felt like tonight’s loss was due to a lack of consistency “I felt like there were times we had control of the game, when we gained those leads. Then we just let it slip away, in really short periods of time.” When the scoreboard turned over to the 4th quarter, Kobi Simmons turned into a different player as his his silky handle started to create space and scoring opportunities as he had 10 fourth quarter points to finish the night with 15 points and 6 assists.While starting the season (1-3) isn’t ideal John Holland feels like the team is just trying to figure itself out “We just gotta bring more energy, we’re just not there yet. We had the lead, we had our opportunities but we weren’t able to get some stops, convert some shots. Just gotta continue to get better.”Holland finished the game with 22 points and 8 assists, so while he struggled to score in the 2nd half he was still able to be a mainstay in the Charge offense.Next Up: Canton travels to Grand Rapids for a matchup with the Drive Saturday night @ 7. You can watch the game live on the Canton Charge website via Facebook.Corey’s Telling Stats 36-64 = 56% on 2 point shotsOnly 42% of Canton’s baskets were assisted 6-25 = 24% from 3(4) 2nd half points for John Holland Related TopicsCanton ChargeMemphis Hustle Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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Local Product in Padres System Shines in Pitching Start Against Lake County

first_img NEOSI Staff By Mike HolzheimerIt was an impressive baseball night for a Cleveland kid.Nick Margevicius, a St. Ignatius High School graduate, started on the mound for Fort Wayne Thursday night in a Class A minor league game against the Lake County Captains.Margevicius, who starred collegiately at Rider University, didn’t appear to be nervous on the big stage of professional baseball. A seventh-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres, the southpaw pitcher retired the first 10 batters he faced striking out seven of them.He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, and was then subsequently taken out of the game. Margevicius worked 5.2 innings finishing the night with nine strikeouts. Lake County, though, managed to win the game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.Still, a good night for the young man who began this professional baseball journey as a kid on the playgrounds of Cleveland.And if last night’s effort is any indication, the best is still yet to come. Related TopicsNick Margeviciuslast_img read more

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#Blackgirlmagic takes spotlight at Olympics

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andrea Lawful-Sanders has a ritual for cheering the Black heroines of the Summer Olympics.She gets into her corner of the living room, sets up her chair, demands silence before screaming at the top of her lungs, flails her body wildly and — in keeping with her Jamaican-American heritage — bangs pot covers together to celebrate victories.United States’ Simone Biles performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.  Many of the Olympics’ most memorable moments have come courtesy of African-American women athletes who have accounted for more than a dozen medals in 14 days of competition. (AP Photo/Rebecca BlackwellFile)From Simone Biles’ gravity-defying flips to the history-making medal trifecta of the U.S. women racing in the 100-meter hurdles, many of the Olympics’ most memorable moments have come courtesy of African-American women. Their accomplishments in Rio have spurred excitement and pride at home in the U.S., particularly for Black women who say they are seeing themselves in the Olympic Games like never before.“While everybody else is talking, we are doing,” said Lawful-Sanders, 50, of Philadelphia. “When we excel, nobody can take that away from us — ever. They may try to marginalize us, but how can you marginalize excellence?”With competition continuing through Sunday, America’s Black female athletes have won more than two dozen of the 100-plus U.S. medal haul.Black women haven’t just shined in this year’s Olympics; they’ve been ubiquitous — from gymnastics to water polo, fencing to swimming. Previous Summer Games featured Black women mainly in track and field and, more recently, in gymnastics. Fans at home had to wait days to cheer on sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner or gymnast Dominique Dawes.United States’ Simone Manuel competes in a women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) “It is very interesting to see Black women going into areas where you really don’t see Black women competing, with all different body shapes, complexions and hairstyles being represented,” said Kaye Wise Whitehead, a professor at Loyola University who studies race and gender. “Black women see and feel that there is no door closed to us … and that we’re not just walking through those doors, but we’re dominating.”In Rio, the two Simones — gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Simone Manuel — both stood atop the podium on a night that made history, with Manuel becoming the first Black woman to win an individual medal in swimming. In all, she took home four medals and Biles five. Biles was chosen to carry the American flag for the U.S. team in Sunday’s closing ceremony.In this Aug. 12, 2016 file photo, United States’ Michelle Carter competes to win the gold in the women’s shot put during the athletics competition at the Summer Olympics at Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carter became the first American woman to win gold in the shot put. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)Michelle Carter became the first American woman to win gold in the shot put. Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won a bronze medal in the women’s team sabre event, was the first Muslim-American woman to compete for the U.S. in a hijab.In this Aug. 13, 2016 file photo, Ibtihaj Muhammad celebrates a point during her women’s team sabre fencing semifinal against Russia at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Muhammad, the first Muslim-American woman to compete for the U.S. in a hijab, won the bronze. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)On the track, Dalilah Muhammad became the first American woman to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles, and three Black women — Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin — became the first Olympians from the same nation to finish 1-2-3 in the 100-meter hurdles.Jacqueline Wills has loved rooting on female gymnasts since she was a child watching the Olympics. During these games, as she lost count of the numerous Black women winning, her cheers went beyond just Biles.Dalilah Muhammad from the United States jumps final hurdle to win the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter hurdles final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)“At this point, it’s like too many to name,” said the 38-year-old who lives in Brookhaven, Georgia. “It’s the same reason we cheer Michelle Obama when she does something fabulous: It’s (a Black woman) doing things well and on their own terms and being unapologetically Black. Those images kind of reaffirm us.”Some said the Olympics also provided a much-needed respite from racial tensions at home.“It is a good distraction and a good way to celebrate our successes, even as the world may not appreciate us,” said Luvvie Ajayi, a pop culture blogger and author. In a Facebook post, Ajayi quipped: “Black women had a secret meeting before #Rio2016 and the only thing on the agenda was: ‘TAKE ALL THE MEDALS.’ And it was done.”“Black women are showing that we’ve always been a force to reckon with, but now … we’re showing that we kind of are superheroes that are real,” Ajayi said in an interview. “We are really unstoppable; we can dominate at anything we want to do.”Black women have also felt the struggles of their athletic counterparts at the games. Many took to social media to defend veteran gymnast Gabby Douglas amid remarks that she lacked patriotism for not placing her hand on her heart during the national anthem, that her hair was not polished enough and that her attitude was unsportsmanlike.The stereotype of the “angry Black woman” was familiar to Wills.“That is one of the things that comes with being a Black woman in this country,” she said, adding that she tried to shrug off the criticism in a Facebook post.“I said, ‘People are just mad at her bold lip,’” Wills said, referring to Douglas’ lipstick color.As the games come to a close this weekend, Lawful-Sanders is warming up her pot covers for a few more chances to cheer.“We have made up our minds that we are going to give it the best that we have, and we are watching it manifest in the Olympics,” she said. “It’s Black girl magic. We are tired of being told that we couldn’t or we shouldn’t. … We’re taking no prisoners, and I’m enjoying every second of it.”___Errin Haines Whack covers urban affairs for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelous and read more of her work at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/errin-haines-whacklast_img read more

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ICC CWC 2019: Dale Steyn ruled out of Proteas’ opener against England

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement 9mdwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6sc3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Earrnqcu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fuWould you ever consider trying this?😱ppzCan your students do this? 🌚kpb86Roller skating! Powered by Firework Dale Steyn will reportedly be unavailable for South Africa’s opening match in the 2019 World Cup after being yet to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained at the IPL. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleSouth Africa team coach Otis Gibson mentioned that Dale Steyn is not fully fit and the management is targetting the game against India as a potential target for his return to the field.Gibson shed further details on the issue. He said:Advertisement “He’s not quite ready yet. He’s not far away … but not quite yet, We think with a six-week tournament, there is no real need to force the issue.“We know that he is close and he’s getting closer every day. We’ll give him as much time as we can to get him ready.”Advertisement Dale Steyn is a vital cog in the Proteas’ fast bowling setup. Alongside Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada, the side boasts one of the most intimidating pace attack which will prove in the cloudy conditions of England.The spearhead suffered the injury during his time in India playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. His unfortunate injury cut his stint in the subcontinent to just two matches.Read Also:Cricket: Former Zimbabwe pacer Henry Olonga auditions for The Voice in AustraliaFour ‘away’ kits revealed for the World Cup with India yet to reveal Advertisementlast_img read more

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On track to help Windermere

first_imgBy Garry Howe Former Richmond champion and AFL media commentator Matthew Richardson has signed up to walk the Kokoda Track…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Teen’s cancer battle inspires relay

first_imgAt just 14-years-old Chelsea Scott received the dreaded diagnosis that she has cancer. Her friends and family, including her mum…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Jessica Anstice last_img

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