The Capital City Go-Go (3-4) used an efficient shooting night and defensive pressure to defeat the Canton Charge (3-5), 121-103, on Sunday afternoon.
Capital City shot 50 percent from the field (45-of-90) and 44 percent from three (11-of-25), led by Devin Robinson’s 12-of-14 shooting night. Robinson tallied his second-consecutive 29-point game against the Charge and added 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the young season. Wizards’ first-round draft pick and assignment player, Troy Brown Jr., had a solid contribution of 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in the game.
The Go-Go continued to capitalize on opponent’s turnovers, as they forced the Charge into 23, leading to 32 points – tying a season high in points off turnovers (WCB 11/9). Eight different Go-Go players tallied a steal in the game, leading to a season-high 15 steals. Chris Chiozza led the way defensively with four steals. All five Capital City starters scored in double figures for the third-straight game.
Trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter, Canton was able to pull the game within five with 7:45 remaining in the game on a Scoochie Smith floater. Capital City responded with a 20-to-4 run to put the game out of reach. Smith led the way for Canton, nearly recording a double-double on 20 points and nine assists. All five Canton starters scored in double figures as well.
The Go-Go will return to action next Saturday, December 1, as they travel to Maine to take on the Red Claws. Canton will host the Agua Caliente Clippers this Wednesday, November 28.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On the team’s improvement tonight:
“I thought our effort wasn’t where it needed to be [on Friday]. Our attention to detail wasn’t where it needs to be. I challenged those guys on an effort standpoint and just taking pride. We always talk about how we want to be a good team. We want to be successful, but it takes all five guys on the court, even the guys on the bench being good teammates in order to do that.”
On the Go-Go improving ball sharing compared to Friday’s game:
“Absolutely. We got a lot of playmakers, a lot of good guys that can put the ball in the basket. It’s just trying to get those guys to share it. Anytime we get a ball reversal we usually get a good shot. We talked about having more of a post presence, throwing the ball inside a little bit more tonight. I thought we did a really good job executing the game plan.”
On Troy Brown Jr.:
“He’s been great. I thought he struggled a little bit the first game, but he hadn’t played substantial minutes in a long time. I just knew tonight he was going to be better…It’s just him getting comfortable, getting his legs under him a little bit and just understanding the little pockets of opportunity where he can assert himself a little bit more.”
GO-GO FORWARD TROY BROWN JR.
On his adjustment and the difference coming from the Wizards to the Go-Go:
“Definitely the pace. It is a lot different just being able… You know you have a lot more freedom too down here to just kind of play your game, and for the first game for me that was kind of different especially coming off of with the Wizards being a role player. Being a defensive guy, making the right play and stuff like that, and coming out here and kind of having more freedom to be able to play my game. It was a little hard for me to adjust but I felt like today, I did a better job.”
On the level of play between the NBA G League and the NBA:
“At this point it is all high level basketball. Of course the NBA is the top level, but there is nobody in this league that is just not good at this point. It is still basketball, and you still have to go out and play hard and give 110 [percent]. You are not just going to walk out there and just score 60 points.”
On playing with the ball in his hands:
“It felt comfortable. I have always felt comfortable with the ball in my hands. Couple of adjustments I have to make. Getting used to it now at this point. With the Wizards I play more off ball so being able to have the ball in my hands, and have a little more control and make plays and push it up the court, it was a real comfortable for me today.”