College Park Snaps Wisconsin's Five-Game Win Streak with a 126-118 Road Victory
OSHKOSH, Wis - The Wisconsin Herd (23-6), the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, had its five-game winning streak snapped in a 126-118 loss to the College Park Skyhawks (17-15) on Thursday night inside Menominee Nation Arena.
All five Herd starters scored in double figures, and for the sixth straight game, Jaylen Adams led the way. Adams scored a team-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. D.J. Wilson, who was assigned to the Herd from the Milwaukee Bucks, tallied 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Cameron Reynolds had 18 points, five rebounds and two steals. Jemerrio Jones posted a stat line of 16 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block, and Dragan Bender, the second Bucks assignee, added 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Cat Barber led the way for College Park and poured in a game-high 33 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists. Jordan Sibert registered 25 points, five rebounds and five steals, while Kenny Gabriel recorded 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks off the bench. Marcus Derrickson notched 14 points and five rebounds and Nick Ward pitched in with 10 points.
Wisconsin began the game by making five of its first seven shots from the field which resulted in an early 11-0 lead for the home team. The Herd managed to score the first 13 points of the game, while College Park missed its first eight field goals. Sibert ended the drought and tallied the Skyhawks first points on a three-pointer at the 8:13 mark. Despite trailing by as many as 13 points, College Park collected its first lead of the night with under a minute remaining in the stanza. Gabriel drained a 26-foot long ball to give the Skyhawks a two-point lead. For the quarter, College Park shot just 37% percent but after by scoring 11 of the final 13 points, the Skyhawks led 31-29.
The success College Park exhibited late in the first quarter persisted at the outset of the second period. The Skyhawks began the second stanza on a 9-2 run and opened a 40-31 lead. Dating back to the first quarter, College Park used an extended 20-4 run and turned a once double-digit deficit into a nine-point advantage. Moments later, the Skyhawks pushed ahead by double figures and ultimately led by 18 in the quarter. Wisconsin, however, made its move in the final two minutes of the half and made it a nine-point game. The Herd concluded the quarter by scoring the final nine points of the frame, but College Park outscored Wisconsin by seven and led 62-53 at the intermission.
After exchanging baskets to start the second half, Reynolds made it a 67-61 game as he poured in his second three-pointer of the evening. Seconds later, Bender followed with a bucket of his own and pulled the Herd to within to four. The brief Wisconsin run forced a prompt timeout by the Skyhawks, and following the stoppage, the Herd tied the game at 67 on consecutive baskets by Jones and Reynolds. The Herd completely erased its 18-point deficit and took a 70-69 lead on an old-fashioned three-point play by Reynolds. Wisconsin's advantage didn't last long as College Park responded with quick 8-2 run to go back in front by five. The Herd had its best quarter of the night and scored 35 points, but it was Skyhawks who went into the final 12 minutes with a 93-88 lead.
About halfway through the final period, Maye knocked in a three ball and Wisconsin regained a 99-97 advantage. In similar fashion to the third period, College Park quickly responded and in poured in back-to-back threes to recapture the lead. The Skyhawks posted 10 unanswered points and led by eight with 5:45 left in the contest. College Park ultimately led by 14 in the fourth quarter, but with just over two and a half minutes to play, Wisconsin made it a 115-111 game on the strength of an 10-0 run. The Herd's late game run made it interesting down the stretch, but the four-point margin is as close as Wisconsin would get. The Skyhawks iced the game with a couple layups in the final minutes and escaped with a 126-118 victory.
The Herd will hit the road for a single game north of the United States boarder. Wisconsin has a Saturday matinee with the Raptors on Feb. 1. The Herd are 1-0 against the 905 this season, but 1-6 all-time versus the Raptors. Tip-off inside the Paramount Fine Foods Centre is set for 1PM CT and the game can be found on Twitch.
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