Threes Power Go-Go to Win over Drive
GRAND RAPIDS - The three-point shooting of the Capital City Go-Go (16-11) was enough to propel them to a 116-110 road win over the Grand Rapids Drive (12-15) on Monday night. Chris Chiozza knocked down 6-of-8 three-pointers to help propel Capital City to a total of 15-of-28 from deep for a blistering 54 percent.
Four players scored at least 18 points for the Go-Go, led by Chiozza with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. Devin Robinson added 20 points and eight rebounds, Noah Allen stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 10 boards and seven assists, and Duje Dukan led all bench players with 18 points, going 7-of-9 from the floor and missing just one of his four three-point attempts.
Marcus Thornton shouldered the scoring load for the Drive with 37 points, giving him at least 24 points in four of his last five games. The 37 points are the most by a Drive player this season, and Thornton scored 14 points in the final six minutes. Isaiah Whitehead added 17 points and nine assists and Todd Withers and Johnny Hamilton each had double-doubles, as Hamilton had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Withers finished with 12 points and 14 boards.
The Drive came into the game having won four of six games and Capital City had lost two of their last three, but the Go-Go's bench came up big in fending off Drive comeback attempts, with three bench players recording plus-minus ratings better than plus-20. Part of that bench run led to the Go-Go outscoring their competition by nine in the second quarter, giving them a lead they did not relinquish.
The Grand Rapids offense was far from ineffective, but they could not keep up with the prolific three-point shooting that Capital City brought with them to the DeltaPlex. The Drive's 11-of-35 mark for 31 percent was below their season average by three percentage points, and they continued to struggle defending the three-point line. The Go-Go were out-rebounded, and the Drive also got the better of them in assists and blocks, but it was not enough.
The Go-Go's next two games, on January 25 and 27, will both be at home against the Drive. The Drive will take on the Maine Red Claws on Thursday before those two games.
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