The RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida was the stage for some G League action between the Capital City Go-Go and Lakeland Magic. The Wizards’ affiliate was coming off a tough outing against the Skyhawks of College Park, losing the contest 128-112 which dropped them to 6-7. The Magic, on the other hand, were coming off a well-fought victory against Fort Wayne, 102-91. They now stand at 8-5.
Pasecniks lined up against Lakeland’s Michael Kyser and won the tip but was called for a traveling violation seconds later as Capital City started their evening with a turnover. BJ Johnson hit a jump shot for the Magic on the other end to put them on the board. Garrison Matthews answered back with a jumper of his own for the Go-Go off of a nice pass from Pasecniks.
Both teams traded baskets, matching each other step for step. The game was tied 9-9 at the 9:33 mark. Both squads went ice cold as the game went into an offensive drought for almost 2 minutes. Former Tennessee Volunteer Admiral Schofield made a beautiful reverse layup at the 7:37 mark to finally break the spell.
The rest of the first quarter was spent with Capital City producing mini-scoring runs but never stretching out the lead significantly. Lakeland always seemed to answer back with scoring barrages of their own. Jalen Hudson drove strongly into the paint and produced a thunderous dunk which made it 31-22 for the Go-Go. That gave them their largest lead of the night. Lakeland answered right back with consecutive buckets to close out the quarter and bring the score to 31-27.
A game of runs
It was the Magic’s turn to go on a run as they opened up the second quarter by outscoring Capital City 11-0. Forward Vic Law started things off with a pull-up jump shot and the Magic went on to lead 38-31 with 8:17 left to play in the 1st half. Schofield came to the rescue and stemmed the bleeding for the Go-Go with a floating jumper to give his team their first points of the second quarter.
The Magic were able to keep their momentum going, however, as BJ Johnson hit a three at the 7:08 mark to put the Magic up 43-35. Capital City battled back in hard fashion with contributions from Schofield and Jerian Grant to make it a 1-point game with 5:18 to go. Lakeland had some chances to build on a lead but the Go-Go hung in there as the Magic took a 57-53 lead into the locker room.
The Magic scored the first two baskets of the third quarter but things started going downhill for them after that. Schofield threw down a dunk to give Capital City its first points of the 2nd half. The Go-Go blazed through the Magic’s defense on every possession as they went on a massive 20-0 run to blow the game wide-open. The score 75-61 with 6:14 left in the quarter.
Kyser finally gave Lakeland a point with a made free throw but like a mosquito on a rhino, it was largely ineffective as the Go-Go kept its foot on the gas, ending the third quarter with an 85-73 lead.
Too much Admiral
The fourth quarter opened up with a Pasecniks floater and the Go-Go pretty much cruised to the finish line thereafter. Lakeland managed to cut the deficit to 10 points several times but just could not break through the Go-Go’s defensive barricade. Admiral Schofield produced the last three buckets for Capital City as they secured the win 113-100.
Vic Law and BJ Johnson led the way for Lakeland. Law had 24 points on 11-19 shooting with 12 rebounds and 4 assists as well. Johnson went for a team-high 25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in 42 minutes of play.
The star of the night was definitely Admiral Schofield as he turned in 28 points going 11-15 with 2 rebounds and 2 steals in 34 minutes.
The Go-Go got back to .500 at 7-7 and will now have a considerable break as they won’t play again until December 27th. They will return from their Christmas vacation and host the Maine Red Claws, the first of four at home.