COLLEGE PARK - It was a rematch between College Park and the Capital City Go-Go but the Skyhawks needed to find a way to win, and they did Wednesday night 128-112.
"First 12 games [of the season] was loss-win-loss-win all the way up until tonight," College Park Skyhawk head coach Noel Gillespie said after the game. "We talked about taking care of business, winning at home, beating a division opponent so we're 1-1 right now on Capital City. Just in the locker room it's a good feeling so let's keep it going."
Entering the game, the Skyhawks had never won back-to-back games during the season and Capital City was on a mission to stop the home team from picking up their second straight win. In the first quarter, the game was reminiscent of the first meeting between both sides.
College Park had a first-quarter lead and was up 31-29 but it was due to the play of Marcus Derrickson who led the team early with 10 points. However, Capital City was out-rebounding the Skyhawks by a narrow margin in the first quarter.
It also helped that Capital City turned the ball over five times in the first quarter, but it all changed in the second.
College Park turned the ball over five times in the second quarter and the vibe turned with it. Capital City was finding players for scores as they dished the ball for eight assists to take a commanding 66-59 lead into halftime.
But the Skyhawks weren't out of the game yet and they proved it in the third quarter. Outside of a Brandon Goodwin big splash, the Skyhawks limited their mistakes in the third quarter.
Turnovers are bound to happen for the Skyhawks, but they only committed four compared to Capital City's nine. On the other hand, fouls were limited as well.
When a team gets into foul trouble, contesting shots become an issue and that was the case for the Go-Go’s. Seven total personal fouls came in the third quarter that sent College Park to the line five times. It led to the Skyhawks picking up 33 points in the third quarter, and with it the lead.
The final quarter saw the Skyhawks in the lead for the first time since the end of the first quarter, but it was a precarious 92-87 lead that the Skyhawks couldn't afford a mistake in.
Rebounding became key down the stretch as Taj McCall and Charlie Brown, Jr. led the way on that end of the floor.
The Skyhawks pulled away late in the going for the win as Cat Barber led the way scoring with 28 points. Brown, Jr. pulled in 24 as Goodwin added 22. Marcus Derrickson notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds while McCall finished with 10 points in the win.
"Winning is fun, winning is contagious, winning tastes good," Gillespie said. "Let's get thirsty with winning, let’s get greedy with it and try and get on the next one at Greensboro. That's another division opponent, played them once already so we know they're going to be ready so it's one game at a time."
College Park is on the road Friday night against the Greensboro Swarm.