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Cooper Leads Cleveland Charge with 24 Points in Victory over Delaware Blue Coats

Updated: Feb 5

Alan Kornspan

Believeland Media

Cleveland, Oh - The Cleveland Charge hosted the Delaware Blue Coats in an NBA G League match up on Friday night at the Wolstein Center.

In a back and forth thrilling battle, with 10 lead changes and 11 ties, the Cleveland Charge pulled away late to defeat the visiting Blue Coats 101-95.

Sharife Cooper scores two of his game leading 24 points for the Charge against the Delaware Blue Coats on Friday night.

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The Charge were led by former McEachern High School and Auburn University star, Sharife Cooper, who had 24 points on the night and was named the player of the game.

“It feels great, coming back home, it was a long road trip,” said Cooper.

“Being back home in front of you guys is a fun experience,” Cooper said to the fans after the game.

In addition, Cooper commented on the mentality of the team after the very intense, close game against the Blue Coats.

“It's a long season, we don't want to get too high, too low. So we (are) at a good point right now and we want to continue to finish out the season strong.”

Cleveland Cavaliers two-way player, Isaiah Mobley, currently with the Charge, similarly talked about the mindset of the team as they prepare for Sunday's game.  

Isaiah Mobley had 20 points in the Charge victory over the Blue Coats.

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He said the team is just trying to stay focused on the small details that contribute to success and they are also staying focused on the things they can control.

The Charge demonstrated their ability to stay focused on what they could control as the contest against the Blue Coats was not decided until late in the fourth quarter.

In fact, after one quarter of play the Charge and the Blue Coats were even at 24-24.

However, going into halftime, the Blue Coats were able to get a slight advantage to lead 50-49.

The game remained extremely close as the Charge tied up the game at 76-76 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, the Charge went down four early but were able to take the lead for good after Cleveland Cavaliers two-way player Isaiah Mobley hit two free throws with 5:17 left in the game.

For the game, the Charge were led offensively by Cooper (24 points), Mobley (20), Zhaire Smith (18), Emoni Bates (15), Pete Nance (12) and Aleem Ford (10).

Emoni Bates had 15 points in the Charge victory over the Blue Coats.

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With the victory the Charge move to 8-7 on the season.

The Charge will next meet the Blue Coats again on Sunday at the Wolstein Center.



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