Go-Go Drop First Game to Swarm in Overtime
WASHINGTON, DC - The Capital City Go-Go lost the opener to their inaugural season, falling to the Greensboro Swarm 107-105 in overtime.
In front of a crowd of 2,383, the two teams exchanged buckets throughout, with neither team successfully creating stable separation. The Go-Go entered the fourth quarter with a 73-72 lead, but a late rally from Greensboro tied things at the conclusion of regulation. In the two-minute overtime period, Greensboro's Devonte Graham knocked down two consecutive shots and scored seven points in overtime to give the Swarm the lead for good.
The Go-Go standouts of the night were forward Devin Robinson, who is on a two-way contract with the Wizards, and guard Chasson Randle. Behind his trademark athleticism, Robinson ended the night with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The most noteworthy of Robinson's highlight-reel plays was when he hauled in a half-court pass from college teammate Chris Chiozza, before finishing with a jam. Randle ended his night with a team-high 34 points, along with three assists and four steals.
The aforementioned Graham paced the Swarm with 30 points. Additionally, Chinanu Onuaku, Cat Barber, Luke Petrasek, Joe Chealey and Jaylen Barford also finished with double-digit points for the Swarm.
The Go-Go return to action Nov. 8 in Uniondale, N.Y. to take on the Long Island Nets.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On Devonte Graham:
"He's a special player. He plays with a lot of pace and that's kind of his whole thing. We want to play with pace, we want to play up-tempo, but in order to do that you have to get stops and it starts with defense. I didn't think we got enough stops, consecutive stops, and that kind of hindered us in the half court."
On the experience of coaching his first game in the NBA G League:
"I'm glad it's out of the way. It was a good experience. Obviously, we had a great crowd here. I just want to thank the community, the folks in the DMV for coming out and supporting us on our home opener, our season opener of our inaugural season. So I can't thank them enough. The crowd was electric. We got a lot of energy from them. I hope they can come back and have that same energy."
On the last play of the game:
"Yeah, that was poorly executed on my part, on my behalf. We have to be better in those situations. Obviously, it's early in the year. We would have like to get a better shot other than that. But I take full responsibility for that one. I have to be better in practice. I got to better prepare our guys for situations like that."
GO-GO FORWARD DEVIN ROBINSON
On the last play:
"That wasn't the designated play, we just got mixed up. People weren't in the right spot. We just didn't execute it well."
On the first game of the season and playing in D.C.:
"It feels good, it's convenient. I don't have to travel to Delaware, or wherever just to play basketball. I can stay here in my city, be here in with my upper team with the Wizards and stuff. So, it makes everything convenient."
On what they can take away from today's game:
"We see what we can do as a team. Play defense. When we play defense and when we run that's the best team we could ever have. We learned a lot things, like taking care of the ball in clutch time. We had too many turnovers. We turned it over in the clutch and it resulted in a loss, but we have a lot of positives. People sharing the ball and not being selfish, that's good. We keep doing that and we'll we successful for sure."
GO-GO GUARD CHASSON RANDLE
On his first Go-Go game:
"Obviously we are a little disappointed, but ultimately I am proud of the way the guys fought. Anytime you can get out there, get a sweat and play the game of basketball, it is a blessing, it is an honor and to do it here with the Go-Go for the very first time, it is definitely and honor for sure."
On the team's style and how they want to play going forward:
"We want to play with pace, we want to be a great defensive team, but we have a lot of room for improvement and we can see that. That is the fun part about it. We have a chance to learn, we have a chance to grow, and that is what the [NBA] G League is about, you getting better and taking the next step."
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