WASHINGTON — The Capital City Go-Go (4-3), the NBA G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards, defeated the College Park Skyhawks (3-4), 118-110, in the first meeting between the two teams in series history.
The Go-Go overcame a slow start in the first quarter, as the Skyhawks quickly stretched their lead out to 10 in the early going. The Go-Go were able to overcome that 10-point deficit, as well as another in the second quarter, with 10-0 and 12-0 runs of their own, respectively. College Park carried a one-point lead into halftime as both teams struggled to find offensive consistency.
Capital City outscored College Park by 10 in the third quarter, fueled by a balanced scoring effort which saw 10 different players score in the frame. The Go-Go stretched their lead out to 10 with 9:56 remaining in the game, but a 16-4 Skyhawks run gave College Park a two-point lead with 5:30 remaining. Three more lead changes over the next three minutes gave the Go-Go a one-point lead, and they were able to close out the Skyhawks with a 7-0 run in the final 1:50, going 6-7 from the free throw line to ice the game.
The Go-Go continued their lead-leading turnover-forcing defense, causing 29 Skyhawks’ turnovers, leading to 32 points for Capital City. Eight different members of the Go-Go registered a steal in the game, led by Jalen Hudson’s season-high six, leading to their sixth-consecutive game of forcing its opponents into 20-or-more turnovers.
Jerian Grant, in his return to the DMV, led the Go-Go with 21 points in his first start of the season. Jalen Jones had 19 points and eight rebounds for his fourth game this season with 15-or-more points. Anzejs Pasecniks scored a season-high 19 points off the bench, with Jalen Hudson adding 15. Wizards assignees Justin Robinson (10 points) and Admiral Schofield (11 rebounds, game-high +12 rating) each aided in the win as well. Capital City attempted and made season highs in free throws, going 21-24 (.875) from the line in the victory.
Atlanta Hawks two-way players led the way for College Park, with Charlie Brown Jr., who had a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, and Brandon Goodwin, who added 23 points and eight assists. Cat Barber scored 21 points off the bench for the Skyhawks.
The Go-Go will continue their four-game homestand with a visit from the Greensboro Swarm on Friday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. College Park will return home to face the Canton Charge on Friday as well, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m.
GO-GO HEAD COACH RYAN RICHMAN
On tonight’s game:
“Yeah, I thought our guys played hard, [we] kind of fought through some adversity. [We] couldn’t make shots – we were 3-14 from three. That’s going to happen some nights, you just have to win the game. I thought we turned them over, which is basically our identity. We’re the best team in the league at turning opponents over. We had 29 turnovers for 32 points. That’s what we do. That’s a tribute to our guys and the work they put in defensively. We do it every day, so [I’m] happy for them.”
On what they changed defensively to slow College Park down:
“Yeah, we went in with a thought process of doing some more switching, but we’re used to on the ball. They have shooting bigs that kind of make it tough, but I thought our guys were locked into the shootaround this morning. Coach [Jimmy] Bradshaw did a great job with the scout and just knowing what they do. They have shooting bigs and it was important for us to kind of keep them under wraps, so we knew the percentages would kind of come back to normal for us. All credit to our guys for their close outs and their communication defensively.”
On this game possibly kicking off a winning streak for the Go-Go:
“That is the plan. It’s a great opportunity for all of us. Can’t win all four without winning the first. [We] did a good job taking care of business with the first. Things weren’t perfect, and that’s kind of what it’s about, gotta win the ones that aren’t as pretty.”