The Memphis Hustle couldn’t overcome a cold fourth quarter, falling to the Canton Charge 117-107 Monday night at Landers Center and snapping a seven-game losing streak for Canton. Memphis suffered its first loss of the season (5-1) against Eastern Conference competition.
After a tight first three quarters, the Hustle went cold in the fourth quarter. The team tied a franchise-low for points in a quarter (13), including just eight in the first 10 minutes. Additionally, the Hustle committed eight turnovers in the final frame.
The Hustle started the game on a 12-4 run but Canton countered with a barrage of three-pointers, including a stretch of three straight makes from long range by Scoochie Smith. Marcus Keene knocked in a 32-footer at the buzzer to give the Hustle a 40-36 lead after the opening quarter. Memphis shot 61.5 percent from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range in the first. Canton knocked down 6-of-9 three-pointers in the period.
Things changed, however, in the second quarter as the teams combined to shoot 0-of-14 from three. Memphis would take a 63-59 lead into the break, marking the team’s first loss after leading at halftime this season (11-1). The offenses returned in the third quarter with both teams combining for 11 made three-pointers. Canton outscored Memphis 58-44 in the second half.
Kyle Casey (16 points, 11 rebounds) posted his third double-double to go with five assists. Markel Crawford and Tarik Phillip also contributed 16 points apiece. Dusty Hannahs and Marcus Keene posted 15 points each off the bench. Nino Johnson scored a season-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds.
Levi Randolph scored 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting to lead the Charge. Bonzie Colson contributed 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Former Grizzlies two-way player Kobi Simmons had 17 points to go with eight rebounds. Sir’Dominic Pointer (15 points), Scoochie Smith (14 points) and Malik Newman (12 points) also reached double figures.
The team will host a back-to-back at Landers Center this weekend, starting with the Agua Caliente Clippers on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available starting at $10 each and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.