WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Capital City Go-Go (12-13), the NBA G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards, took down the College Park Skyhawks (15-12), 125-117, on Friday night in the Nation’s Capital.
College Park led for most of the first half, getting out to as much as a 13-point lead in the second quarter. The Skyhawks led 56-44 with 4:28 to go in the second, but the Go-Go were able to use a 19-0 run to close the half and take a 63-56 advantage into the break. During the run, Capital City’s defense was able to force six-consecutive missed shots and three turnovers, while the offense received a boost from Phil Booth’s eight points. The run allowed the Go-Go to control the lead for the final 25 minutes of the game, leading by as many as 13 in the fourth.
Eight of nine Go-Go players scored in double-figures in the game, including all five starters. Ike Iroegbu led the way with a season-high 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a game-high plus-16 rating – his second-straight game with 20-plus points. Jalen Jones added 20 points and three rebounds, his 12th game of the season with 20-or-more points. Phil Booth continued his hot streak with 19 points, and Wizards’ assignee Admiral Schofield had 15 points on 3-6 shooting from three and six rebounds. In his first Go-Go action of the season, two-way forward Johnathan Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jerian Grant (14 points), Jalen Hudson (14 points) and Stefan Jankovic (12 points) all added solid scoring efforts.
Capital City nearly topped its highest field goal percentage of the season with a 44-80 (.550) effort from the field. The Go-Go also finished 14-31 (.452) from behind the arc, its second-highest three-point percentage of the season. Seven different players recorded an assist as the Go-Go finished with 22 on the evening. 10 of the Go-Go’s 14 three-point makes on the night came off an assist. Capital City forced College Park into 19 turnovers leading to 30 points – its sixth game this season scoring 30-plus points off of turnovers.
College Park received four 20-point scoring efforts on the night, led by Tahjere McCall’s 25-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound triple-double – the first triple-double of his career. Marcus Derrickson nearly reached a double-double with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Sibert (24 points) and Armoni Brooks (23 points) helped the Skyhawks’ starters score 93 of the team’s 117 points. Nick Ward added 17 points off the bench.