March 16, 2017 – A block by Cheick Diallo and rebound secured by Shonn Miller provided Rasheed Sulaimon the fast break dunk opportunity and gave the Swarm a two possession lead, 122-117, with 28.9 seconds left in the game. Damien Wilkins would then secure the 128-124 victory over the Canton Charge by sinking six straight free throws, capping off a season-best 36 points for the veteran. With the win, Greensboro snapped Canton’s eight-game winning streak.
After a first quarter in which neither team led by more than four points and saw six lead changes and three ties, the Swarm would open up the second period with a Wilkins driving layup from Mike Anderson. Greensboro would then maintain a lead for the next 32 minutes of play, building an advantage as large as eight towards the end of the third quarter thanks to three straight Wilkins three-point baskets. Canton however would not surrender and tied the game up at 114 a piece with 3:21 left in the game. Yet key defensive stops, including both a block and steal from Miller, would help give Greensboro the edge in the final minutes to hold off Canton’s comeback.
It was a night of both team and personal bests for the Swarm. Seven of the team’s eight players scored in double figures while the team as a whole shot a season best 56.1 percent from the field. Greensboro also set a new team high in assists with 32, 10 of which belonged to starting guard Cat Barber who also notched 20 points for a double-double. Diallo once again led the team in rebounding, grabbing 12 boards along with 20 points and three blocks. Forwards Miller and Anderson had arguably their best performances of the season with Miller recording 14 points and seven rebounds and Anderson notching 13 points on five-of-six shooting. Sulaimon rounded out the starting unit with 10 points, eight assists and five boards.
The night however belonged to Wilkins who shot 69.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc in addition to sinking 15 free throws. The veteran also chipped in six assists and four rebounds.
The Charge were not without their impressive performances in the matchup. Guard Kay Felder led Canton with 29 points and seven assists while Quinn Cook was not far behind him with 26 points and six assists of his own. Despite getting into foul trouble early, center Eric Moreland had a double-double evening with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Starters John Holland (10 points, six rebounds, five assists) and Jonathan Holmes (17 points, seven rebounds) would also have solid outings for Canton.