In the first of two meetings this weekend, the Greensboro Swarm beat the Capital City Go-Go Friday night 108-94. It wasn’t the cleanest of games for either group, but the Swarm won three of the four quarters which led them to the win. They were tenacious on the glass and did most of their damage in transition, that was an area in which the Go-Go struggled with all night.
Six players in double figures, nine players scored at least seven points for the Swarm. They were led by Kobi Simmons and Jalen McDaniels with 17 points a piece. The Martin twins played a big role in their team’s big second quarter, their play before the first half came to an end helped create some separation. Caleb had 15 points while Cody had 11 en route to a full box score.
Outside of the defensive issues, it was clear that Capital City missed Chris Chiozza. During some of the Swarm runs, the Go-Go couldn’t settle down enough to get a good look or get a basket to slow things down. At times they felt sped up and at other times, they over passed a bit. The over passing is something Head Coach Ryan Richman can live with when asked about that following the game.
Jalen Jones led the way with 21 points for Capital City, Justin Robinson had 17 points and Jerian Grant and Jalen Hudson added 13 points a piece.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday, transition defense is one of the first areas that Coach Richman said his team needs to clean up. As for adjustments heading into their second matchup, Richman had this to say. “Biggest adjustments are we just have to play harder, play more aggressive, and do what we do defensively.”
It’s hard to get back into any game when your team can’t generate stops, so the Go-Go get a chance to perform better on that end of the floor come Sunday. They also have to limit their turnovers, for a team with so many guards, 21 turnovers is far too many.
As for Greensboro, they just have to continue to attack in transition which means getting stops. Like Capital City, they also need to cut down on their turnovers as they had 20 in last night’s victory.