The College Park SkyHawks are now 2-3 after falling short 120-112 in their home opener against the Delaware Blue Coats. Head coach Noel Gillespie believes that playing at home for the first time may have been a negative factor in the team’s performance.

“I think early in the game guys were trying to do too much and play out of their comfort zone, said Skyhawks head coach Noel Gillespie. “We stopped sharing the basketball like we did in the last couple of games we’ve won like we saw in the second half, but I think early on our kind of attitude was we want to put on a show in this first game.

“We wanted to give the crowd ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ instead of playing team basketball and running our sets early in the game and the ball got stagnant, it was poor shot selection … defensively we missed some assignments.”

The team found themselves in a seventeen point deficit at the half that they struggled to get themselves out of. Even though they increased their FG shooting from 33 percent at the half to 37.9 percent at the end of the game, it still wasn’t enough.

The SkyHawks were hindered by their inability to get their rebounds under the basket. The Blue Coats had 43 total defensive rebounds and kept the SkyHawks from getting any second-chance points. The SkyHawks also failed to keep control of the ball, leading to the Blue Coats having 39 points off of 16 turnovers that the SkyHawks committed.

After this loss, the SkyHawks move down to ninth place in the G League’s Eastern Conference. On Nov. 24, they’ll face the Long Island Nets for the second time this season. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at GateWay Center Arena. It will be televised on Peachtree TV.

In their first meeting, the SkyHawks came out on top, 120-109.

However, Gillespie knows that this time around a win will be harder to come by. He recognizes the fact that the Nets were without both two-way players when they first met, specifically, Henry Ellonson who will be starting for the Nets on Sunday. Gillespie said that he “is a stretch 4 that can cause matchup problems.”


SkyHawks Forward, Marcus Derrickson (Photo: Symone Stanley/The Atlanta Voice)

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