Herd Erase 17-Point Deficit, Beat Capital City 123-113
OSHKOSH, Wis - The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, collected their second consecutive win with a 123-113 victory over the Capital City Go-Go on Wednesday night inside Menominee Nation Arena.
The Herd were without the services of guard Jaylen Adams, but had Milwaukee Bucks assignment players, Dragan Bender and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Frank Mason led all players and scored a game-high 29 points and added eight assists. In his third game with the Herd, Bender tallied his first double-double of the season and posted 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Rayjon Tucker tallied 15 points. Antetokounmpo posted a stat line of 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks, and Cameron Reynolds had 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting. D.J. Hogg added 11 points and five rebounds off the bench, and Jemerrio Jones recorded his third consecutive double-digit rebound game and picthed in with six points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
The Go-Go were led by Justin Robinson who was on assignment from the Washington Wizards. Robinson totaled a team-high 25 points, while Admiral Schofield, Capital City's other assignment player, scored 17 points and added five rebounds. Two-Way player Chris Chiozza posted 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals, and Jalen Hudson had 12 points in a reserve role. Jalen Jones collected 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Cobbins and Noah Allen scored 10 points apiece.
Wisconsin came out of the gate slow, missing their first four shots from the field. The Herd made three of their first 13 shots from the floor, and didn't record their first field goal until the 8:38 mark. With the Herd's slow start, Capital City jumped out to a quick double-digit lead and led by as many as 14 points in the opening 12 minutes. The Go-Go shot just 40 percent in the period, but eight Herd turnovers and a 1-for-9 start from the three-point line aided Capital City at the outset. Shannon Bogues served as the bright spot in the frame as he tallied his first professional field goal on a driving layup with 3:41 remaining in the quarter. Late in the period, Wisconsin cut the lead to single digits, but the Go-Go scored five of the final seven points in the stanza and led 31-19 at the end of the first quarter.
Capital City scored the opening basket of the second quarer, and used a Kelen Dunham long ball to increase their lead to 15. The Herd, however, battled back and trimmed the deficit to four with exactly five minutes remaining in the half. Capital City answered the Herd's spurt with one of their own, and closed the quarter on an 18-8 run. For the quarter, Wisconsin shot 45 percent and scored 30 points, but the Go-Go managed to outscored the Herd by two and led 63-49 at the intermission.
The Herd came out on fire to start the second half, and scored 10 of the first 14 points to make it five-point game. The three ball served as the great equalizer in the period as Wisconsin made eight of their 14 third quarter three-pointers and shot 57 percent from the floor. With 4:08 left to play in the period, Bender buried a three and gave the Herd a 79-77 led, which was their first since the score read 2-0. After Capital City answered with a three of their own, Wisconsin rattled off six consecutive points, capped off by Bogues' second bucket of the game. The Go-Go tied the game at 85, but were never able to retake the lead in the qaurter. The Herd scored a seaon-high 42 points in the third period, and led 91-88 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Capital City began the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run and took a 96-95 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the game. The Herd promptly retook the lead on a Mason reserve layup, and didn't trail for the remainder of the contest. Wisconsin ended up taking a double-digit lead of their own and grabbed their largest lead of the night on a piar of free throws by Tucker. Frank Mason led the way in the second half, scoring 18 points and 10 in the fourth quarter. The Herd erased a 17-point deficit, shot 55 percent in the second half, outscored the Go-Go 74-50 and won in convincing fashion, 123-113.
With the win, Wisconsin is now 2-1 on the season and 2-1 all-time agaisnt Capital City. The Herd will remain in Oshkosh and face the Raptors 905 on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm inside Menominee Nation Arena.
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