Capital City Stunned by Wisconsin in Final Minutes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Capital City Go-Go, the NBA G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards, were outscored by the Wisconsin Herd 24-to-14 in the final frame, as Wisconsin went on to win, 109-105.
The Herd (5-22) jumped out to an early nine-point lead in the first quarter, which they would sustain throughout the frame. The Go-Go (15-11) charged back in the second quarter and carried a four-point lead into the half. In the third quarter, Capital City looked to have taken control with a 12-0 run to take an 81-67 lead with five minutes to go in the quarter. The Go-Go stretched the lead to as many as 15, but Wisconsin used a late 8-0 run in the final two minutes of the quarter to trim the lead to just six entering the fourth.
Christian Wood, on assignment from the Milwaukee Bucks, scored 10 of Wisconsin's 24 point in the fourth to lead the comeback for the Herd. Wood finished the game with 34 points and a season-high 23 rebounds. Wisconsin finished the game on an 18-7 run as Capital City struggled to find open looks.
Wisconsin also received contributions from Michael Qualls (23 points), who had his second-straight game with 23 points, as he went 13-of-17 from the free throw line. Bonzie Colson (11 points), Robert Johnson (10 points) and Vander Blue (10 points) all scored in double-figures for the Herd as well. Wisconsin went 30-for-35 from the free throw line in the game, the third time this month the team has attempted at least 35 free throws in a game.
Jordan McRae led the Go-Go with 37 points and five assists, his seventh 30-point game in the last nine games and 11th on the season overall. In his return from the trip to London with the Wizards, two-way player, Devin Robinson, scored 20 points and pulled down four rebounds for his 12th 20-point game of the season. Darel Poirier tallied his second double-digit scoring game of the season with 11 points and six rebounds.
Capital City will be back in action on Monday, January 21, as the team travels to Grand Rapids for its first of three-straight games against the Drive. Wisconsin will return home and host the Windy City Bulls on Wednesday, January 23.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On tonight's game:
"I thought the ball movement in the first quarter was pretty good. I thought we just missed some wide-open shots. The ball movement was good. Like I keep telling our guys, continue to push the pace, continue to pass the ball to your open teammate. Eventually, those shots are going to fall."
On Devin Robinson in the last play of the game:
"You know, this is a development league. I just want to make sure that I put those guys in position and sometimes it's not going to look pretty. The biggest thing we can take from that is he's going to be better next time he's in that position [and] he's going to have a little bit more comfort in that position. I take all blame for putting those guys in some of those positions that may not be beneficial tonight, but in the long run, in the bigger picture, those guys are going to be better because of games like this."
GO-GO FORWARD DEVIN ROBINSON
On getting back from London and adjusting to playing with the Go-Go:
"It felt a little different. I had to get adjusted to just getting up-and-down again, and just finding my touch again with the team. It was a challenge, but I think I figured it out towards the end."
On the last play:
"The play was not really designated for me, so I was just trying to do my role. I play my role and get Jordan [McRae] the ball. He shoots it and I'll go rebound it. That was basically it. I was trying to stay aggressive."
On the London trip experience:
"It was a good experience being able to travel to London with those guys and just experience a different culture. We ate different foods, we hung out as a team, we visited the London Bridge. Just the overall experience was good. I am glad I had the opportunity to go and I would do it again if I had another chance."
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