Isaiah Mobley scores 22 points as the Cleveland Charge defeats the Iowa Wolves 119-108

The batch got off to a slow start. They spent the first half trailing the Iowa Wolves before finally catching up midway through the third. Cleveland went into fourth place with a two-point lead. That lead quickly increased to 10 midway through the fourth game as the charge made a habit of shifting defense to offense. Wolves fought back to reduce the Five’s lead, but they couldn’t get any closer as the Charge won 119 to 108.

Sharifie Cooper was sensational once again. He carried the charge over the edge as he finished with 40 points on 15 of 20 shots. This was his second straight 40-point game. He now averages 30.5 points in six games.

“He is [Cooper] The last two games have been remarkable,” said coach Mike Gerrity afterwards. “He’s just a talented and gifted player. He’s got all the talent in the world and puts the work into it. You always see him early and stay after he does the work.”

“I love playing with Sharife,” said Isaiah Mobley. “He runs sweepstakes. If he gets it going, I roll with him. It’s always a pleasure to play with Sharife.”

Mobley and Mamadi Diakite had strong performances after running on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks last night. Mobley finished with 22 points on 7 of 13 shots with 9 boards, 2 assists and a block before fouling. Diakite contributed 21 points on 7 of 12 shots with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Isaiah Mobley got off to a hot start as he knocked down a turn three to start his night. Mobley has done a good job of being more determined on offense, which has been noticed lately. This is best seen on his three-point shot, as he fires without hesitation if he catches it past the arc.

“Watching the guys up there with the Cavs teaches you have to make quick decisions. That doesn’t mean you have to settle down, but if shots are there, take them. You have to trust your work. It’s about learning. I’m a rookie and I try to listen and do that.”

That determination is most evident when Mobley gets the ball where he’s most comfortable. The post. Like his brother Evan, Isaiah has found success with the hookshot. He used it to score against the Bucks in trash time and used it early and often against Iowa Wolves center Luka Garza.

“The hookshot has always been an integral part of our game,” Mobley said when asked about his and his brother’s recent success with the hookshot. “My dad taught us when we were little. It’s always in our back pocket as a go-to move. Especially when the defenders aren’t as big or the same size as us. It’s difficult to defend. Our old reliable.”

Mobley hit back-to-back possessions with sky hooks in the third quarter and sparked the second-half comeback. The second led to a and one and a subsequent gesture that Garza was too short. The Charge used that momentum to take their first lead of the second half.

“[Coach] Mike G. said to attack him and I did,” Mobley said when asked about that momentum-altering sequence. “It was fun out there. He is [Garza] a good player. We were supposed to play each other in college but he lost the tournament before we could play. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but I also believe in myself. It was a good learning experience.”

Evan Mobley had a front row seat to watch his brother. But you wouldn’t know it was his brother who made a nice play based on Evan’s reaction. Isaiah laughed when he heard about it afterwards. “He might say something to me when I go to the bench. Or he shows up for my first bucket from the bank like he did in Chicago. But he’s not an extrovert, as I would say. It’s not who he is. We’ll talk a little bit about the game afterwards. He just says a few words to me while I’m playing or vice versa when he’s playing. That’s just our relationship.”

Mamadi Diakite flat-footed his first game with the charge off when the PA announcer introduced Diakite as from Georgetown instead of UVA, prompting more than a few confused looks on the charge bench. This seemed to be an omen as Diakite had a hard time staying out of dire trouble and getting things going offensively in the first quarter.

Diakite shrugged off the game’s stalemate from just 13 minutes since preseason by having a strong final three-quarters. He attacked the color early and often as all of his points arrived on the edge or line.

“That was Mamadi’s first game with us,” said Gerrity when asked about Diakite afterwards. “You could see him finding his legs and his rhythm. I thought as he got more aggressive we started going around that corner. The greatest thing about him is that he is so selfless. But sometimes we need you to attack and he started doing that.”

Next: The Charge will be back in action at the Wolstein Center on Saturday night when they take on the Motor City Cruise at 19:00.