Mad Ants Take First of Two-Game Set from Go-Go
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Capital City Go-Go (23-24), the NBA G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards, were defeated by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (21-25), 125-117, on Thursday night in the nation's capital. Fort Wayne now leads the season series 2-0.
Capital City raced out to an early 14-point lead, leading 24-10 midway through the first quarter. The Go-Go carried the lead through much of the first half, but a 9-0 Mad Ants run midway through the second quarter gave Fort Wayne a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. The Go-Go were able to close as closely as two points, but the Mad Ants denied every comeback attempt with a run of their own.
Fort Wayne finished the game shooting 53 percent from the field, its third-highest clip of the season. They were led by Pacers' assignees Edmond Sumner and Alize Johnson, who scored 25 and 21 points in the game, respectively. Rob Gray led the Mad Ants' bench unit - which all finished with positive plus/minus ratings - with 21 points and five assists. Davon Reed recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Omari Johnson chipped in 13 points.
All five Go-Go starters scored in double figures in the game, led by Nuggets' assignee Tyler Lydon's 22 points and nine rebounds. Chris Chiozza notched his second-consecutive game with 13 assists, adding 18 points and seven rebounds for his fifth point-assist double-double of the season. Noah Allen (19), Pe'Shon Howard (18) and Darel Poirier (13) rounded out the scoring for the starters, while Kellen Dunham went 5-for-10 off the bench for 12 points.
Capital City will host Fort Wayne for its final home game of the season on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On Chris Chiozza:
"He's a pretty good player. I think his skillset is him being really good at being able to get to the paint. When he gets to the paint and he's able to find shooters and find guys on the perimeter, that's when he's at his best. One thing that he's been working on is just being a better leader [and] being more vocal. Taking a little bit more ownership on both sides of the floor of what the team's going through. We talked about him being able to pick up full court and cause some disruption. When he does that he's really good. He's not far off. He's one of our leaders obviously. He's a good player."
On Chris Chiozza's vision and left-handed pass in the game:
"He does that. That's his skill. He leads Florida in assists for a reason. He's been a player that's been able to find his teammates and make his guys better, so that's what we lean on him to do. Sometimes he has to score a little bit more. It's just him fine-tuning that position a little bit. Understanding his opportunities to score versus understanding his opportunities to get his teammates involved."
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