March 10, 2012

Maine Red Claws beaten in final seconds

From staff reports

CANTON, Ohio — T.J. Campbell made a 20-foot jump shot with 1.6 seconds remaining Saturday to give the Canton Charge an 89-88 victory against the Maine Red Claws at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Maine held an 83-75 lead with 5:27 remaining, but Canton climbed back into it with a 7-0 run keyed by four Campbell free throws.


WHO: Maine Red Claws (16-24) vs. Iowa Energy (22-15)

WHEN: 5 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Expo


RED CLAWS NOTES: The Red Claws return after a 1-2 trip, including a last-second loss to Canton on Saturday. DeShawn Sims, last year’s D-League rookie of the year, makes his Expo debut after signing with the team Monday. He’s averaging 11.7 points per game in the three games he’s played. Sims had a team-high 15 rebounds in Saturday’s loss. The Red Claws need a win to keep pace in the playoff race. Hamady N’Diaye played 10 games for Iowa earlier this year. He had 16 points and five blocked shots in Saturday’s loss.

ENERGY NOTES: Iowa sits in first place in the East Division, but only by a half-game over Springfield, which beat the Energy 98-96 on Friday on a Jerry Smith buzzer-beater. The Energy have lost seven of their last 10 games. They have only played the Red Claws twice this year, splitting the games at the Expo. G Mike Efevberha leads Iowa with an 18.8 points per game average, along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. G/F Moses Ehambe follows with 14.1 ppg and F/C Andrew Drevo is next at 12.4 ppg, along with 6.4 rpg. F Patrick Ewing Jr. is averaging 8.3 points in the 10 games he has played for Iowa.

TICKETS: Fewer than 200 remain

– Mike Lowe

A Luke Harangody jumper with 57.9 seconds left gave the Charge their first lead of the quarter at 86-85.  The Red Claws had a chance to go back on top with 7.7 seconds left but Hamady N’Diaye missed a pair of free throws.

Alan Anderson of Canton made 1 of 2 from the line with 6.1 seconds left, giving Maine a chance, and Lawrence Hill drained a turnaround 3-pointer to put the Red Claws up by one with 4.1 seconds to play. A Charge timeout set up Campbell’s winner off the inbounds pass.

Harangody had his fourth double-double in five games with Canton, posting 19 points and 18 rebounds, and Campbell finished with 16 points and seven assists. Tyrell Biggs chipped in 10 points for the Charge, who improved to 21-18.

Five players cracked double digits for Maine, which fell to 16-24. Kenny Hayes had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, and DeShawn Sims had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

N’Diaye chipped in 16 points, Hill finished with 13 and Xavier Silas had 10.

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