The Capital City Go-Go (13-14) came into tonight’s game against the Windy City Bulls (11-14) fresh off of a 6-point win against the Westchester Knicks on Tuesday night. The starters for the Go-Go were Jerian Grant, Admiral Schofield, Jalen Jones, Jalen Hudson, and Mike Cobbins. The Bulls started Thomas Wilder, Adam Mokoka, Justin Simon, Milton Doyle, and Simisola Shittu.
In the first quarter, the Go-Go looked like the more impressive team of the two. They lead 23-13 after one quarter due to stifling defensive effort. Most of the points they did give up came because they did not box out and gave up four offensive rebounds. They held the Bulls to 31.2-percent shooting overall and 12.5-percent from three-point range.
Offensively, the ball movement was very crisp and the team got lots of open looks. Collectively, the Go-Go had five first-quarter assists but that could have been even more had they capitalized on a few easy shots. Newcomer London Perrantes kept the ball humming and his passing was especially noteworthy.
The Go-Go stopped Go-Going
Unfortunately, for the Go-Go, the second quarter was a totally different story. The Bulls, who led 42-40 at halftime, looked like the much more disciplined team. The Go-Go had five turnovers in the second compared to the Bulls’ two.
At halftime, the Go-Go were shooting 35.7-percent from the field and 23.5-percent from three. Jalen Jones paced the Go-Go with 9 points and Ferrakohn Hall led the Bulls with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
The play of both teams seemed to normalize in the third quarter and the quarter was close most of the way. Back-to-back three-pointers by Jerian Grant gave the Go-Go a 65-58 lead with just over three minutes left in the third. The second of those shots was off of an assist by Perrantes. His ability to find or create open looks for other guys really stood out throughout this game.
Perrantes a real difference maker
Whether it was Chris Chiozza and Justin Robinson or now Perrantes and Grant, Coach Ryan Richman frequently employs two-point-guard lineups. I’m not sure whether that’s simply a product of roster construction or a playing-style preference but it is good to see that Grant and Perrantes can play together. Their dynamic helped give the Go-Go a 70-58 lead at the end of the third.
The impressive ball movement continued in the fourth and led to several wide-open three-pointers for the Go-Go. With 4:45 in the fourth quarter, they lead 93-77. The Bulls went on a mini-run but Perrantes found Grant for another three and the Bulls seemed to visibly deflate. Less than a minute later, Perrantes found Grant for another three. At this point, I began to wonder if it was simply a case of déjà vu but I did not question it as it gave the Go-Go a 101-81 lead. The teams basically seemed to be going through the motions over the final two minutes as the Go-Go cruised to a 106-89 lead.
The main theme tonight was ball movement. When the Go-Go moved the ball, they were successful. In the second quarter, the ball seemed to stick a little too long and the offense sputtered. Perrantes seemed to have a real positive effect on the team as his unselfishness seemed contagious. The Go-Go’s next game is on January 25th at 7 p.m. against the Canton Charge in Canton.