The Capital City Go-Go spent their Friday night in Erie, Pennsylvania for a tussle with the BayHawks. The Go-Go were coming off a solid 20-point win against the Delaware Blue Coats a couple of days back, and were looking to continue their momentum. Capital City has had a seesaw of a season so far, as they have exchanged a win and a loss in their first 5 games. Trying to break that trend, the Go-Go were looking to put together their first winning streak of the year.
Former Oklahoma State Cowboy Mike Cobbins won the tip-off, and we were officially underway from Erie Insurance Arena. Guard Chris Chiozza gained possession and rookie Admiral Schofield put the Go-Go on the board with a three off an assist from Jalen Jones. Capital City and Erie stayed neck and neck for the majority of the 1st quarter, with the largest lead held by either team amounting to 3 points.
In the latter stages of the opening period, a scoring drought of almost 2 minutes, as well as a mini 9-4 run by the Bayhawks, saw Erie open up a 7-point advantage, 32-25 with 19.6 seconds left to go. The Go-Go answered back, as Chris Chiozza was able to drive into the paint and put up a nice finish, which cut the lead to 32-27.
Chiozza continued his facilitation of the offense out of the TV break. He found former Gator Jalen Hudson for a three to put the Go-Go within 2 to open up the 2nd quarter. After guard Kellen Dunham made another three for Capital City, Erie answered back with a floating bank shot from two-way player Josh Gray. Bayhawks forward Vitto Brown was fouled on a three during their next possession and was able to add to the lead, making all three free-throws. A dunk, layup, some free throws and a three later saw the Go-Go take a 51-50 advantage with 4:26 left to go in the 1st half.
The two teams exchanged jabs at each other until the 3:41 mark where an almost 1-minute scoring drought saw the action slow down. Mike Cobbins, off an assist from Jerian Grant, and Chris Chiozza, off a nice layup, were the final two scorers for the Go-Go in the 2nd quarter. TCapital City looked to be headed into the break with a 65-63 lead. But after an unfortunate 3-point shooting foul, Erie’s Zaylan Cheatham made all three free-throws to give the Bayhawks a 1-point lead heading into the locker rooms.
Capital City maintained a lead for a large part of the 3rd quarter and managed to stretch it out a bit after scoring plays by Jones and Chiozza which put them up 82-76.
With their lead at 6-points, the Go-Go took advantage as Forward Noah Allen dished out back-to-back assists to Jalen Jones to make it 94-83 for the good guys. The trend of this quarter were leads of 7, 8 and 11 by Capital City. They stayed true to form with a Anzejs Pasecniks hook shot and Jerian Grant pulling up for a jumper as the Go-Go ended the 3rd with a 101-92 lead.
The Bayhawks came out in the 4th quarter with a vengeance, as they rattled off an 11-1 run to tie the game at 103. Sloppy play by Capital City, consisting of a couple of turnovers and fouls, allowed Erie to get back in the game. They tightened their grip on this opportunity, determined not to let it slip by. As they did for much of the game, both clubs exchanged baskets, as defense was frankly non-existent. Guard Justin Robinson served up the ball for Cobbins who dunked it home to give the Go-Go a 110-109 lead.
Unfortunately, Erie went on another run as they scored 11 straight points to go up 120-110 with 2:00 to go in the game. The Go-Go made an attempt at a comeback, with a Chris Chiozza lay-up at the 1:22 mark cutting the lead to eight. As Steve Buckhantz would say, however, Erie’s Vitto Brown hit the dagger from beyond the arc to seal the deal. Both teams would get on the scoreboard again, but it did not really matter as the Bayhawks secured a 127-114 win. The trend of seesawing wins and losses by the Go-Go continues.
Admiral Schofield and Jalen Jones were the main stars on the offensive side for Capital City. Schofield efficiently shot his way to 21 points, which included 4-9 from the 3-point line. The rookie from Tennessee also added 4 rebounds. Jones contributed 26 points of his own with 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and made 3-4 threes as he blistered the nets in Erie. Coming off a birthday, Chris Chiozza also added in 8 assists, to go along with 13 points as he manned the offense.
The Bayhwaks were led by Vitto Brown, (27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals) and Josh Gray, (31 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals).
The Go-Go fall to 3-3 on the year and have 4 days off to re-group before they take on the College Park Skyhawks back home at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C