Defense and easy points in transition helped the Capital City Go-Go get a win against the Erie Bayhawks on Friday night. Despite the early turnovers and shots not falling in the first quarter, the Go-Go managed to fight through it and get back on track throughout the game.
The Go-Go finished the first quarter with 7 turnovers. There were some good passes, but they were either picked off or unable to hit the target. Ball security was also an issue. The Bayhawks were able to poke the ball loose, causing the Go-Go to restart the offense often. Steals then led to drawn fouls in transition, and the Go-Go ended the first quarter trailing by 4 points.
The offense was a lot smoother in the second quarter. The Go-Go also stepped it up on the defensive end of the floor and forced the Bayhawks into more turnovers. However, there was still work to be done on that end of the floor. The Go-Go allowed the Bayhawks to stay in the game with a few easy baskets and unnecessary fouls. There were 7 lead changes in the second quarter, but the Go-Go came out on top by closing out the half with a steal and a dunk from Jalen Jones at the buzzer.
The Go-Go kept it up in the second half, forcing turnovers converting them into points. The team finished the game with 10 steals and 17 turnovers. The Bayhawks ended with 31 turnovers.
Everyone managed to get on the board and six players scored in double figures. Chris Chiozza shot 5-of-10 from the field with 10 points, 5 steals, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds. The 7’2 center from Latvia, Anzejs Pasecniks, shot 5-of-8 with 10 points and 6 rebounds in his first game with the Capital City Go-Go.
Jalen Jones had 18 points and 6 rebounds, Jalen Hudson had 14 points and 5 rebounds, Justin Robinson had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Admiral Schofield had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The Capital City Go-Go will play at home against the Wisconsin Herd on Sunday at 3:00 PM ET.