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College Park Skyhawks Soar to a Dominant 109-89 Victory Over Raptors 905 in Home OpenerSkyhawks Set Turnover Record in Explosive Performance

Skyhawks open up 2024 at home with a victory! Photo: @CPSKYHAWKS
Skyhawks open up 2024 at home with a victory! Photo: @CPSKYHAWKS

College Park, Georgia – The College Park Skyhawks (3-1) electrified their home crowd in the regular season's first game, clinching a commanding 109-89 win over Raptors 905 (1-3). This victory kicks off a two-game series against 905, with the second matchup scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The Skyhawks showcased an impressive defensive display, forcing a season-high 23 turnovers and converting them into 40 points on the offensive end. This marks the second-highest points-off-turnovers tally in College Park history, just one point shy of the record set against Texas on Dec. 22, 2021.

Leading the charge for the Skyhawks once again, Kobe Bufkin delivered a stellar performance, notching 27 points, including a career-high six three-pointers (6-12 3FGM). The 6'4" guard from Michigan also contributed six rebounds, six assists, and a career-high three steals during his impactful 36 minutes on the court.

Since joining the Skyhawks, Bufkin has been a force to be reckoned with, averaging 30.8 points on 46-90 shooting from the field (.511 FG%) and 14-38 from beyond the arc (.368 3FG%), along with 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds in four games.

Skyhawks take the victory 109-89 at home e. Photo: @CPSkyhawks
Skyhawks take the victory 109-89 at home e. Photo: @CPSkyhawks

The Skyhawks seized control early in the game, never trailing after the 4:15 mark in the first quarter. They dominated Raptors 905 in the first half, outscoring them 60-36, marking the second-biggest halftime point differential of the season (+25 vs. Greensboro, Dec. 13, 2023).

Devon Higgs, alongside Chris Silva, led all scorers at halftime with 12 points each, all coming in a flawless first-quarter shooting performance from Higgs (5-5 from the field).

Although Raptors 905 attempted to cut the lead in the third quarter, they never managed to get closer. Two-way player Javon Freeman-Liberty led 905 with a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Markquis Nowell and assignment player Gradey Dick each contributed 16 points.

The Skyhawks showcased balanced scoring with six players reaching double figures for the second consecutive game and the seventh time this season: Kobe Bufkin (27), David Singleton (18), Chris Silva (16), Devon Higgs (14), Jarkel Joiner (10), and Miles Norris (10).

David Singleton stood out, setting a career-high with 18 points, fueled by four three-pointers (4-10 3FGM).

This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

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Nice win for the Skyhawks

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