CANTON, Ohio — The Canton Charge (26-17), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, took their seventh-straight game in a 120-116 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (26-16) in front of 3,459 at the Memorial Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.
Trailing 116-114 and 1:44 left in the game, Canton held RGV scoreless the rest of the way in forcing five misses over a 6-0 run. The victory was the Charge’s first-ever home win over the Vipers in four attempts over the franchise’s six seasons. The Charge will finish 4-1 against the Southwest Division in 2016-17. Canton’s seven game win streak sets a new season-high for consecutive wins.
John Holland led all scorers with 36 points on 11-of-12 from the foul line and 10-of-21 from the field in 42 minutes. Quinn Cook netted 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting with nine assists and six boards in 40 minutes. Eric Moreland notched his 22nd double-double of the season by scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds with two steals and five blocks in 40 minutes. Today was Moreland’s 14th game this season with 3+ blocks and 7th with 5+ rejections.
The Vipers were paced by their trio of players on assignment from the Houston Rockets. Isaiah Taylor had a team-high 24 points with four assists in 44 minutes. Troy Williams also scored 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench. Chinanu Onuaku had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Jonathan Holmes boosted Canton with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 from three-point range before fouling out after 23 minutes. Cameron Jones came off the Charge bench to provide 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes. Canton has the second-best record in the East, but sit in the top Wild Card seed with a full-game lead over Fort Wayne who sit as the second Wild Card seed. Rio Grande Valley are currently a half game above Sioux Falls for the top Wild Card seed in the Western Conference.