This week, in a new weekly roundup of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ D-League team, Quinn Cook shines, the Charge get two All-Stars and more.
Canton Charge vs. Long Island Nets
Against the Brooklyn Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Charge put up perhaps their best offensive performance of the season. In the first half, they scored 73 points and finished with 136 overall in a 20-point win. Leading the way was D-League All-Star John Holland, who had 37 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Additionally, point guard Quinn Cook set a franchise record with 16 assists to go along with 40 points and two steals. Former Celtic R.J. Hunter lead the Nets with 30 points.
Canton Charge at Delaware 87ers
In a 123-112 win over the Delaware 87ers, the Charge scored a franchise record 48 points in the third quarter and overall outscoring the 87ers 48-19 in the period. In the quarter, both Quinn Cook and Roosevelt Jones dished out seven assists. Their third quarter burst was what won the Charge the game, as they trailed by nine at the half and lead by 20 after three. Canton wouldn’t trail the rest of the way.
Cook finished with a game-high 33 points and 11 assists. Eric Moreland added a season-high 30 points and 17 boards. Jonathan Holmes chipped in with 20 points and six rebounds.
Canton Charge at Raptors 905
In their final game of the week, the Charge lost to Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors’ D-League team, 118-98. With NBA vet Jared Sullinger getting some work in on assignment, Raptors 905 controlled most of the game and 11 of their 12 players scored. Sullinger finished 16 points and 10 rebounds and former Baylor star Brady Heslip had 18 points. For Canton, John Holland had 22 points. Quinn Cook added 12 points and four assists.
The Charge also acquired guard Jordon Crawford (no, not JORDAN Crawford) from the Westchester Knicks.
Play of the Week: Some sweet, sweet ATO lob action
At the end of the first quarter against the Nets, Quinn Cook threw an ATO lob to Chris Evans to get two points for Canton at the end of the first quarter.
Player of the Week: Quinn Cook
For the week, Cook averaged 24.3 points and 10.3 assists while continuing to pull all of the strings on offense for Canton. When you watch the Charge, it’s clear that everything really does run through and around what he does.
Did he struggle against Raptors 905? Absolutely and that happens. But he was far too good in the previous two games to be ignored. Next week, he’ll be a D-League All-Star and there’s no question that he’s deserving.
The Week Ahead
Canton’s one game this week is on Tuesday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Indiana Pacers’ D-League affiliate. Their roster is headlined by former Kentucky Wildcat Alex Poythress, who leads the team in scoring, and former Miami Hurricane Trey McKinney-Jones.
But on Saturday, Cook and Moreland will take part on the 2017 D-League All-Star game as members of the Eastern Conference team. Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m. and the game airs on NBA TV.