COLLEGE PARK - The College Park Skyhawks entered their matchup with the Windy City Bulls holding a four game win streak but their return to home was a true test for the program.
The NBA G League Winter Showcase was rapidly approaching as well and any momentum entering the showcase would be deemed crucial for the Skyhawks. But Windy City was able to outclass the Skyhawks in the second and third quarter enroute to the 117-104 victory.
Factor in the 51 total rebounds and three players in double-double territory for the Bulls, College Park was swept away.
In the first quarter, the Skyhawks had their work cut out for them as Windy City battled from a 6-2 start to 9-7 in a minute. The first lead change of the night came with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter after Windy City's Adam Mokoka hit a three pointer the Skyhawks regained their footing seconds later with a Brandon Goodwin layup.
Two more lead changes came in the first quarter but it was the Skyhawks who exited the quarter with the 30-29 lead. College Park was shooting well at the start of the game with an impressive 55.6 percent shooting clip. However, turnovers were a problem as they coughed the ball up nine times. Windy City on the other hand had more second chance points with four offensive boards.
The second quarter was dominated by the Bulls in a bad way. The Skyhawks struggled to score going 7-for-21 and a percentage at 33.3. Rebounding once again was an issue for the Skyhawks as well due to how the Bulls recovered 14 total while College Park had just nine.
But it wasn't enough that College Park was trailing, in the first few minutes of the third quarter, the Skyhawks were 2-for-11 shooting. Late in the quarter, the Skyhawks shot better but it was with most of the bench in the game led by Cat Barber's 10 points.
Unfortunately, the Skyhawks came with in six points of the lead with four minutes to go but the Bulls built their lead back up to end the quarter up 85-74. But maybe a comeback was on the horizon for the Skyhawks.
Despite Windy City leading the second and third quarter scoring, College Park wasn't out of the game but time to pull off the comeback was winding down as the Bulls relied on offensive boards and crafty time management to seal the victory.
The loss ends a four-game win streak for the Skyhawks who drop to 8-7 on the season.