COLLEGE PARK — The scoring output wasn’t the same Friday night when the College Park Skyhawks took on the Canton Charge. The results were a resounding loss all the same in the 110-100 battle.
Twenty-four hours prior, the Skyhawks had a dream-like game, 19 three-pointers and a 30-point victory were positives but the Noel Gillespie squad couldn’t rest on their laurels of that victory.
“The team we saw yesterday is hopefully the team that our team is,” Gillespie said ahead of the game. “Obviously, not 19 made three’s every game, not 33 assists every game but we want to get 30 assists a game and share the basketball. That’s the way our team is built and we have those weapons.”
The Canton Charge were back in town for another game and this time were looking for a victory. But the story of the Saturday back-to-back told the tale of the game.
College park was 6-for-15 from three point range and shot at a consistent clip in the paint as well but Canton was also making their shots in the opening quarter and forced the Skyhawks to play at a higher level.
Even though both teams knocked in 31 points, the Charge forced College Park to turn the ball over five times to aid their quest of the lead. But the Skyhawks prevailed into halftime up 59-57. Add in the fact the Charge were shooting 10-of-19 from deep while the Skyhawks were a paltry 8-for-21 also stood out.
The Canton Charge struck for 27 in the third quarter while relying on their inside attack against the Skyhawks who couldn’t hit a shot to save their lives going 7-for-20 in the paint but that was enough to hand Canton the 84-76 lead.
At the start of the fourth quarter College Park made strides to come back after forcing Canton to go 1-for-4 at the beginning of the final quarter, the Skyhawks made their first five shots but things fell apart late as Canton began to pull back away from College Park.
Time just wasn’t on the Skyhawks’ side as Canton walked away with the 110-100 victory.
“There were probably some ill-advised poor shot selection ones,” Gillespie said about the rhythm of the team after the loss Saturday. “But again, the flow of the game we had some good looks with some capable shooters so we’re just going to keep encouraging those guys to keep shooting them with confidence and I think a lot of times if we get down in a hole, we try to shoot that home run ball instead of just chipping away at it. I think you saw that in the third quarter and the second half.”
Charlie Brown Jr. led the Skyhawks with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Brown also took 28 total shots in the game for the Skyhawks.
“The thing about Charlie is obviously he can play multiple positions, he’s active defensively,” Gillespie said. “He’s obviously probably been our best all-around player and glue guy.”
Cat Barber had 18 points and seven assists, Jordan Sibert added 16 points while Norcross grad Brandon Goodwin chipped in 15 points. Marcus Derrickson had 13 to round out the double-digit scorers.
College Park returns to action Tuesday night at home.