By jbeasley | January 9, 2020

Wisconsin shoots season-low 21% from three in defeat

OSHKOSH, Wis (Jan. 9, 2020) – The Wisconsin Herd (18-5), the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 123-111 loss to the Canton Charge (15-7) on Thursday night inside Menominee Nation Arena.

Six Herd players scored in double figures and the team was led by Frank Mason and Cameron Reynolds who scored 20 points apiece. Shannon Bogues posted a stat line of 19 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Jaylen Adams had 17 points. Leon Gilmore III and Jemerrio Jones scored 10 points each and Brandon McCoy added nine points and career-high 19 rebounds.

Seven of the nine players who saw action for the Charge tallied 10 points or more. Levi Randolph recorded the lone double-double of the game and recorded 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Sheldon Mac registered 18 points (6-10 FG) off the bench. Malik Newman and Tyler Cook notched 17 points apiece and J.P. Macura totaled 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sir’Dominic Pointer pitched in with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a reserve role.

Wisconsin opened the game by scoring five of the game’s first seven points, but a quick 10-2 spurt by the Charge gave Canton a 12-7 lead upon reaching the first media timeout. Following the stoppage, the Charge proceeded to score seven unanswered points and took its first double-digit lead of the night. In total, the Herd made three of its first 20 shots and trailed by as many as 13 points in the quarter. Conversely, Canton managed to shoot 61% in the frame and were aided by 26 points in the paint. The Charge had two double figures scorers in the stanza and led 38-27 at end of the opening 12 minutes.

To open the second period, Canton scored the first 14 points and opened a 25-point lead. Wisconsin went nearly four and a half minutes without scoring and didn’t collect its first basket until the 7:35 mark. At one point, Canton owned a 26-point lead which was the largest of the night for either team. Facing its largest deficit, the Herd embarked on a 9-2 run and cut the Charge lead to 19. Despite the spurt of success, that’s as close as Wisconsin would come in the first half. In summation, the Herd shot 1-for-23 from three, Canton set a season-high for points scored in the first half against Wisconsin and the Charge led 71-47 at the intermission.

After the offensive struggles in the first half, the Herd found a bit of momentum at the halfway point of the third quarter. By the 6:19 mark, Wisconsin managed to trim what was once a 26-point deficit down to 16. Later in the period, the Herd managed to inch closer and ultimately pulled to within 12. Reynolds sparked the offense and led all players with 12 points in the stanza. For the period, Wisconsin shot 68% and outpaced Canton by 12, but trailed 89-77 heading into the final 12 minutes.

In the early portions of the fourth quarter, McCoy made it an 89-79 game on a cutting dunk. The 10 points of separation was as close as the Herd had been since the final 90 seconds of the first period. However, Wisconsin couldn’t push past the 10-point margin and the Charge ultimately reupped its lead to 20. After falling behind by three in the infancy stages of the game, Canton ended up leading for the final 44 minutes of the contest. The Herd outscored the Charge by 12 in the second half, but the early 26-point deficit proved to be the difference as Canton handed Wisconsin its second double figure loss of the season.

The Charge victory pulls Canton to within 2.5 games of the Herd for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Wisconsin is now 1-1 against the Charge this season, and the Herd are now 6-4 all-time against one of its division rivals.

Wisconsin returns to action on Saturday night as the two teams square off once more. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM CT and the game can be heard on MYNEW32.