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Saturday, December 8, 2018
SAMPSON RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF SEASON, BUT WINDY CITY FALLS 101-91 TO CANTON
The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls dropped their third consecutive game with a 101-91 loss to the Canton Charge on Saturday night inside the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
In his second game back from injury, JaKarr Sampson recorded his first double-double of the season with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting, 11 rebounds and two assists. Rawle Alkins tallied 17 points, five rebounds and career-high-tying two steals, while Jon Octeus recorded his third double figure scoring game of the season with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Mychal Mulder recorded his 2,000th career minute and added nine points and Joe Kilgore pitched in with eight points in a reserve role.
Canton was with without both Two-Way players as Jaron Blossomgame and Jalen Jones were with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Six Charge players scored in double figures led by Kobi Simmons who collected 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Bonzie Colson and Emanuel Terry both collected double-doubles and combined for 25 points and 20 rebounds, while Levi Randolph scored 13 points. JaCorey Williams and Scoochie Smith totaled 12 points apiece with Smith falling one assist shy of his first double-double of the season.
Saturday’s matchup featured two of the top-five stingiest defenses, but there was plenty of offense to go around in the first quarter. The two teams made 10 of their first 20 field goals and shot 50 percent in the first four minutes of the contest. Octeus and Sampson led the way offensively as they combined to score 16 points in the opening period, including eight straight by Sampson to give the Bulls a 13-10 advantage following the first media timeout. The stanza included three ties and six lead changes as neither team created separation until later in the quarter. With the game tied at 20, Canton rattled off eight consecutive points to take a 28-20 lead, their largest of the first half. Windy City responded by scoring five of the final seven points but trailed 30-25 at the end of the first quarter.
The Charge netted a pair of free throws to start the second period, but Windy City used a 10-0 spurt to take their first lead since the 6:23 mark of the first quarter. In that span, Alkins made three of the five field goals and tallied six points in the frame. Seven different Bulls players recorded a field goal in the period as Windy City matched their first quarter total with 25 points in the second frame. Trailing by 39-37 with under six minutes to play in the half, Sampson and Mulder nailed back-to-back three-pointers to give the Bulls a six-point lead, their high mark for the first half. However, the Charge chopped six points of the lead before halftime and Windy City led 50-49 at the intermission.
Sampson picked up where he left off and scored the first four points of the second half, extending the Bulls lead to five. Windy City went on to lead by seven after a couple free throws by Alkins, but Canton responded with seven quick points of their own to tie the game at 60, which forced a Bulls timeout with 6:55 left to play in the quarter. Following the stoppage, the Charge scored seven of the next 11 points to take 67-64 lead. Late in the period, the two squads seesawed back-and-forth as the final 4:48 saw two ties and four lead changes. In the final seconds of the quarter, Joe Kilgore put the Bulls on top once more with a finger roll lay in and Windy City led 74-73 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Canton had a fast start to the fourth quarter as they used a 7-1 run to take five-point lead, 80-75. The Charge took the lead on a three-pointer by Isaac Hamilton and didn’t relinquish it for the remainder of the contest. After receiving his second technical foul of the contest, Williams was ejected with 7:41 left to play, but that didn’t slow Canton as they extended their lead to double figures. The Charge enjoyed their largest lead of the night on a bucket by Colson, which gave Canton an 11-point lead. The Bulls cut the lead to seven with a tick over two minutes remaining, but that is as close as Windy City would get. The Charge led for the final 11:36 in the game and collected their seventh win of the season, 101-91.
With the loss, Windy City falls to a season-low six games under .500 and 4-6 on the road. The defeat snaps a four-game head-to-head winning streak and the Bulls are now 5-4 all-time against the Charge.
Windy City will continue their mini two-game road swing on Wednesday night against the Long Island Nets. Tip-off at the Nassau Coliseum is set for 6:00pm ET.
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