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Go-Go Fend Off Charge at Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Capital City Go-Go (6-6), the NBA G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards, defeated the Canton Charge (8-4) in a tightly contested game, 113-108, Saturday night in the nation’s capital.

The first matchup of the season between the two teams featured 17 lead changes and 12 ties, with neither team leading by double-digits at any point of the game. Canton carried a 60-56 lead into half, which was erased in the third quarter as the Go-Go led 82-80 heading into the final frame. Capital City took the final lead change of the game with 5:15 remaining, as Jalen Hudson banked in a jumper to give them a 100-99 advantage. An eventual 8-0 run gave the Go-Go a 106-99 lead that they would protect with free throws down the stretch.

Capital City Go-Go guard Jerian Grant drives against Canton Charge forward Dean Wade during the Go-Go's 113-108 win at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in southeast D.C. on Dec. 7. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)
Capital City Go-Go guard Jerian Grant drives against Canton Charge forward Dean Wade during the Go-Go’s 113-108 win at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in southeast D.C. on Dec. 7. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

Eight different Go-Go players scored in double-figures in the game, including all five starters, as the team dished 28 assists on 43 made field goals. Wizards’ assignee Justin Robinson returned to action and led the Go-Go with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Jalen Hudson added 17 points and five rebounds, his third-straight game in double-figures. Jerian Grant dished seven assists to go along with 11 points, while Admiral Schofield (13), Mike Cobbins (13), Kellen Dunham (12), Noah Allen (11) and Anzejs Pasecniks (10) rounded out Capital City’s scoring effort. The Go-Go shot 52.4 percent from the field and outscored the Charge 58-40 in the paint in the game.

Canton finished with three players at 20-plus points in the game, led by Malik Newman’s game-high 24 points. Levi Randolph had 22 points and seven rebounds, while Cavaliers’ two-way player Dean Wade finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

The Go-Go will finish their pre-NBA G League Showcase slate with a road trip to the College Park Skyhawks and Lakeland Magic, beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Charge will return to action Friday at home against the Grand Rapids Drive.

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