After filling up their stomachs with some delicious turkey and mashed potatoes, Capital City got down to business as they hosted the Greensboro Swarm in D.C. The Go-Go were coming off a disappointing loss to the Erie Bayhawks a couple of days ago and stood at 4-3 entering today’s game. The Swarm were coming off an incredibly high scoring affair with the Maine Red Claws, which they ultimately lost and sent them to a 2-5 record.
Swarm Center Jalen McDaniels won the tip-off vs. Cobins and Greensboro went on to score 8 straight points to start the night off. Forward Jalen Jones made a three to finally put Capital City on the board, off an assist from former Hokie Justin Robinson. The Go-Go then proceeded to go on a run of their own 14-0 to go up 14-8. Both teams exchnged additional runs and then ended the quarter locked in a close one as the Swarm held a 29-26 lead over Capital City.
The offenses were cold to start Quarter number 2 as the first bucket took over a minute to register, courtesy of a putback dunk by Greensboro’s Tyler Nelson. A three-pointer and a jumper later, both clubs went into another socring frought as the Swarm were out in front 36-29. The theme of this quarter tended to be Greensboro pulling out in front but not quite blowing the game wide open as the Go-Go always seemed to have a response and climbed out of the holes they contously dug themselves. Unfortunately, Capital City lost focus with a couple of turnovers as well as ill-timed fouls which gave the springboard the Swarm to go on a 12-0 run to give them a 64-50 lead over the Go-Go at the 23.5 second mark. Capital City got a consolation bucket via a Justin Robinson layup and was able to cut the lead to 64-52.
The second half started with Greensboro beginning to build their lead. In the early minutes of the 3rd quarter, the vistors started getting hot on offense as they stretched the lead to 13, with 8:39 to go. A Justin Robinson three got the Go-Go to within 10 but Swarm Guard Kobi Simmons swatted away that attempt at a comeback and drilled a three to give his team a 13-point advantage once again. Center Thomas Walsh found Cody Martin open beyond the arc and he proceeded to drain the long jumper to give Greensboro their largest lead of the night, 89-73. Capital City made no dents in the defecit during the remaining time left in the quarter as the Swarm took a 91-76 lead into the 4th.
Former Villanova Wildcat Phil Booth flew into the lane for a layup and got things started for the Go-Go to open the new quarter. Swarm’s offense, however, proved to be efficient and just could not be stifled. Go-Go fell down by 18 after a three by Forward Max Montana for the Swarm. Greensboro continued their comfortable pace and had relatively zero stress as they cruised to the finish line for a 108-94 win over the Capital City Go-Go.
Like the stuffing that was passed around gracefully by families all over American on Thursday eening, the scoring for the Swarm went down a similair path as everyone contributed evenly. Aside from Forward Donte Green, who only played 5 minutes, the entire team got on ths scoresheet. However, the star of the night was Caleb Martin as he went an efficient 6-11 from the field which provided 15 points and included 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 of 5 from downtown. Greensboro improved to 3-5 on the year.
The Go-Go were led by Guard Jalen Jones who went for 21 points and 11 rebounds leading to a double-double. The former Texas A&M Aggie also chipped in 3 assists. Capital City, who have been having quite an up and down season so far, dopped to 4-4. They won’t have to wait long for revenge though as they face this same Swarm team in a quick turnaround on Sunday for their next game.