On Nov 30th, the College Park SkyHawks lost a close rematch with the Canton Charge 110-100 after beating the team by 30 points the night before. The SkyHawks held a 10 point grip on the lead up until mid second quarter, at that point the game became filled with 11 lead changes. 

The SkyHawks three point percentage dropped from 50 percent to 35 percent between games one and two against the Charge. 

“I think there were some ill advised, poor shot selection … we had some good looks with some obviously capable shooters,” said College Park head coach Noe Gillespie when asked about the shot selection. “We’re going to just keep encouraging those guys to shoot them with confidence. I think, again, a lot of times if we get down in a hole down three, down five, down seven..we want to shoot that ‘home run’ or get that touchdown instead of just chipping away and going back to what got us the lead.”

The SkyHawks loosened up defensively as well. The team forced 25 turnovers the night before and only 16 in this second game loss. Including only snagging six steals from the offense compared to the 11 they claimed in the first game. The SkyHawks were much less aggressive under the rim this second time around. Giving up 49 rebounds after holding the Charge to only 32 the night before. 

 “We didn’t come out with the energy we did last night. Last night we came out with a lot of energy, we were playing together as a team,” said SkyHawks forward, Mark Ogden Jr. “Tonight, it felt like we were playing as we usually play. We had a lot of inconsistencies lately. We have to keep up, be consistent. Going won one, lose one, won one, lose one… we have to learn to pick up where we left off at when it comes to wins. It’s just inconsistency right now.”

The SkyHawks have not had a back to back win so far this season and now sit with a losing record (4-5). They are 2-2 at home in Gateway Center Arena. 

Two-way player, Charlie Brown Jr.  posted a double double with 23 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to secure a second win over the Charge. Cat Barber finished with 18 points and seven assists. Two-way player Brandon Goodwin posted 15 points accompanied by seven assists.

Canton, the G league affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was led by Sheldon Mac. The former Washington Wizard finished with 28 points and eight rebounds off the bench. J.P. Macura had 19 points, five points, and three steals. Levi Randolph finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assits for the Charge.

The SkyHawks sit at #9 in the Eastern Conference. They are set to take on the #11 Greensboro Swarm at home on Tuesday, Dec 3. This will be the first time the teams match up this season. Tip off is scheduled for 7pm and the game will be aired on ESPN+.

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

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