The Austin Toros evened their second round series Saturday night with a convincing 118-104 win over the visiting Canton Charge in Game 2 of the 2012 D-League Semifinals.
Seven Toros’ players scored in double figures with forward Terrance Woodbury leading the way for the winners scoring 18 big points on the night; 13 of those coming in the first half of play.
Canton’s Kyle Gibson scored a team-high 24 points nailing 12-of-14 shots from the free throw line.
Playing in front of a Cedar Park Center crowd of 3,697 screaming fans, Austin used a pivotal 25-13 second quarter run to turn things around and stay alive, at least, for one more game.
Game 2 started off similar to the first game of the series with Canton getting out to an ultra-hot start.
The Charge took a 29-25 lead into the second quarter after shooting a scorching 63.2% from the floor on 12-of-19 shots.
Austin, however, would fight back taking the lead at the 7:44 mark on a layup by Woodbury making the score 39-38.
With momentum clearly on their side the Toros used a dominating 21-13 run to close out the half with a 60-51 lead by shooting an impressive 57% from the field.
Unfortunately the Toros nine-point halftime cushion would not last for long as Canton charged back to reclaim the advantage at 64-63 with a suffocating 13-3 run in the first four minutes of the second half.
Gibson was key in that pivotal run scoring eight of those 13 points.
Canton would push their lead to three on a Terrance Thomas offensive rebound and putback with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter.
However, Austin, needing to win Game 2 to keep their season alive, valiantly regained control going on a game-changing 20-6 run to close out the third.
The Charge never recovered as Austin poured it on in the fourth and final quarter extending their margin to as many as 20 points ultimately closing out the contest with a convincing 14-point victory to force Game 3.
The Toros shot an incredibly efficient 55.8% from the field for the game while holding Canton to just 44.4% and a lowly 22.2% from three-point territory on just 4-of-18 shots.
Austin also forced the Charge into a game-high 15 turnovers on the night.
Toros’ starting point guard Justin Dentmon was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the 2011-12 D-League season before the game.
Toros vs. Charge Second Round Schedule
Game 1: Austin @ Canton Thurs., April 19th 109-112 OT Canton (1-0)
Game 2: Canton @ Austin Sat., April 21st 104-118 Series tied (1-1)
Game 3: Canton @ Austin Sun., April 22nd 7:00 p.m. ET
Full 2012 D-League Playoffs Bracket
If you like this feel free to subscribe to my newsletter by selecting the “Get my newsletter” link at the bottom of the page for weekly NBA news. Don’t worry it’s free and you won’t be hit with any unnecessary advertising or spam.
You can also follow me on Twitter at @JarrodsNBA.
© 2012 Jarrod Gillis — All Rights Reserved