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College Park Skyhawks head coach Noel Gillespie spoke to media ahead of the game Thursday.

COLLEGE PARK - It's been awhile for the College Park Skyhawks but the program finally returned to home and kicked off the first homestand of the season in style but there was plenty to go over before the game Thursday night.

The Gateway Arena at College Park was finally open to the public and with it the College Park Skyhawks were finally home.

But that wasn't the only thing the Skyhawks had to work with, they've played their first four games of the NBA G-League season on the road. Head coach Noel Gillespie says that it's good to get back home.

"For the players, they get to sleep in their own bed in Atlanta," Gillespie said. "Obviously for them, first game, sold out game, I think we got the jitters of playing as a team for the first time out of the way. I think the moment, the crowd, everything is going to help us. So that's what we're looking for."

The Skyhawks also returned Charlie Brown, Jr. to the program following his stint on the main Atlanta Hawks roster. But Brown, Jr. did a lot when was with the Skyhawks during the first two games.

He averaged 16 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game but if there was a though that he wouldn't be on the floor against the Delaware Blue Coats, Gillespie quieted those rumors before the game.

"Charlie as we all know, is long, athletic and he excels in transition and I think him being with the Hawks, even though he didn't get a ton of playing time he was still working out with the staff and players," Gillespie said. "I think a lot of times when the guys get a taste of the league and they come back, they're hungrier to get back there."

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