COLLEGE PARK - Ahead of the game against the Grand Rapids Drive, the College Park Skyhawks have a lot going on before the game.
First, the Skyhawks welcomed back Charlie Brown, Jr. and then Bruno Fernando for the game against the Grand Rapids Drive. There's a four-game winning streak going and the issues of the past few games were addressed by the Southeast Division-leading head coach Noel Gillespie.
Touching on the two returning players, Gillespie knows that both played with the Atlanta Hawks in recent weeks.
"It's a home game - so no matter who our opponent is we want to win here and winning is a great feeling," Gillespie said with a smile. "First we want to win and having Charlie back it's been good. He's been with the Atlanta Hawks and didn't play last night but played in the Brooklyn game, so he knows he'll be with us tonight. His mindset should be he's going back with the Hawks tomorrow. Same with Bruno, he'll play tonight and go back with the Hawks tomorrow and practice and go to San Antonio. For the guys that have been here, hopefully, the winning vibe rubs off on everybody and continue to go in that direction."
But flashback to the previous two games.
On the road against the Windy City Bulls, the Skyhawks faced an issue with ball-handling where they turned the ball over 30 times in the victory. Against the Raptors 905, it was the same thing. College Park couldn't control the ball but still won despite handing the ball over 26 times.
It's led to a four-game win streak either way. But with Brown Jr. back, it has given the Skyhawks another ball-handler.
"That's been emphasized in the film study and the practice and the shoot around," Gillespie said. "We're definitely going to put the ball in Charlie's hands and allow him to play make, create for others and try and get him his own shot. I think we kinda shot ourselves in the foot against the 905 and Windy City especially.
"Those self-inflicting wounds where we turn it over and we don't get it back, so it's compounded. It's one thing to turn the ball over but to not get back in transition makes the game so much tougher," he continued. "It shouldn't be that tough when we're shooting the ball like last game. We were shooting 55 percent from the floor, 50 from three and 100 from free throw and we're only up seven because of those turnovers."
But the College Park Skyhawks have still come out as the winners each time and are on a franchise-best four-game win streak.