The NBA G League Ignite dropped their third game in a row Wednesday, March 8 as they lost to the College Park Skyhawks, 131-105. College Park outscored the Ignite by 17 points in the second half en route to the victory inside Gateway Center Arena.
Former UNLV star Donovan Williams led the way for the Skyhawks with 22 points on 8-of-15 from the field while guards Brandon Williams and Armoni Brooks chipped in 20 and 17 points respectively. The latter Williams also had five assists, four steals and three rebounds to go along with his 20 points.
Forward Leonard Miller was the lead player for the Ignite, recording his 13th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting.
In total, the Ignite had six different players reach double-figure scoring with four of the six coming from the starting lineup. One of the key differences in this one was College Park having seven different guys hit double-figure scoring while outscoring the Ignite bench 54-37.
Coming into this game, the G-League Ignite were winless in the month of March as they dropped games to the Capital City Go-Go and Raptors 905 on March 3rd and 6th respectively. After tonight’s game, the losing streak continues.
With the loss, the Ignite now sit at 9-16 on the year and are currently sitting tenth in the Western Conference standings. The Ignite are four and a half games out of a playoff spot and ten games out of first place in the conference. After today’s game, there are only seven games remaining for the Ignite in the regular season.
The Ignite and Skyhawks lock horns again on Thursday, March 9 for the second of this double header in College Park, GA. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. This will be the final regular-season meeting of the season between the Skyhawks and Ignite.
Guards London Johnson and Scoot Henderson made their return home as both are Georgia natives. Veteran guard John Jenkins also made his return to Atlanta where he was a first round draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
After not starting in the previous game and being ejected, Henderson found himself back in the starting lineup in this one as he finished his night with 17 points and a team-high five assists.
It was a fast start for the Ignite who used the first eight and a half minutes of the first quarter to jump out to a 13-point lead. College Park countered with a 15-4 run over the final three and a half minutes of the first quarter to close the gap down to two points.
This run continued into the second quarter as the Skyhawks opened the quarter with a 14-2 run to take the lead and extend it out to a ten point advantage for the home team within the first three minutes of the second.
The Ignite answered with a 17-6 run of their own over the next five minutes of action to retake the lead. College Park closed the half on a 9-0 run to go into the locker room with a 9 point advantage.
In the second half, College Park did much of the same as they used a 34-19 third quarter to grab their largest lead of the game, leading by 29 points.