Go-Go Race Past Mad Ants in Home Finale
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Capital City Go-Go (24-24), the NBA G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards, defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (21-26), 121-103, on Saturday afternoon in the nation's capital. The Go-Go finished their inaugural season 13-11 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
The Go-Go began the game red hot from the field, finishing the first quarter 8-of-9 from three and 14-of-23 from the field to take a 37-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. Capital City had total control of the game, as they led all but 2:23 seconds of game time and spent the final 37 minutes of the game leading by double digits.
The Go-Go finished the game 17-of-36 (.472) from behind the arc and shot 49 percent from the field. They also outscored the Mad Ants 21-3 in fast break points and held Fort Wayne to 41.2 percent shooting from the field in the win.
Three Go-Go players scored 20 points in the game, led by Wizards' two-way player Jordan McRae's 22-point game in his return from injury. Chris Chiozza was the Go-Go's floor general, finishing with 21 points and eight assists with a plus-20 net rating. Pe'Shon Howard stayed hot with 20 points - his fourth 20-point effort in the last six games - on 6-of-8 shooting from three. Duje Dukan (14), Kellen Dunham (12) and Noah Allen (12) all scored in double figures, with Allen adding 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Davon Reed (21) and Edmond Sumner (20) led the Mad Ants in points, with Alize Johnson grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. Jared Sam (12) and Demetrius Denzel-Dyson (10) each had double-digit scoring efforts off the bench as well. Despite the loss, Fort Wayne took the season series from the Go-Go with a 2-1 record.
Capital City will head to the west coast to wrap up their regular season with trips to Santa Cruz on Wednesday, March 20 and Stockton on Saturday, March 23 - each game tipping at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Fort Wayne will host the Wisconsin Herd on Tuesday, March 19.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On today's win:
"It feels good. You know, obviously, we didn't defend at a high enough level last game, so I thought us coming out with a defensive mindset was going to be key. We talked about them being one of the better offensive rebounding teams. But I was so proud of our guys. I think we gave up only 50 points in the first half. I knew from there we were going to be in a good position to win."
On Jordan McRae being back:
"It's great. He's our leader. He's a good player. Obviously, he's very talented, but he rebounds. So anytime you can bring another guy who can rebound the basketball it's going to help your defense out that much."
On Pe'Shon Howard's importance in today's game:
"Really important. He's a guy that plays with a ton of confidence. So for him to get the ball going through the hoop a little bit, it's going to do wonders for him closing out this season. He's a great player for us. He's been really good at various points in the season. The thing that he does really well is he puts in a lot of time in the gym. He's very confident because of the time he puts in and that gives me a lot of confidence to put him in any situation."
GO-GO GUARD JORDAN McRAE
On how he felt in his return:
"Just a little rusty. Missed the last four games. Just trying to get a rhythm, but most importantly, we won. We needed this game bad, and we got it."
On why he felt he was rusty even though he scored in double figures:
"It is not so much the points. It is just your rhythm. Like how you missed shots. Ball might not come off your hand right. It is more that, than the scoring or not scoring."
On the adjustment they made in this game:
"I just think everybody was more locked in today. We knew we had to get this win and we just did not let the small mistakes beat us like they have been beating us the last few games."
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