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College Park Skyhawks vs. Ontario Clippers: A Hard-Fought Battle Ends in a Loss | NBA G League


The game was tense as the Clippers maintained a lead for majority of the game. Photo: Dez Barnes
The game was tense as the Clippers maintained a lead for majority of the game. Photo: Dez Barnes

The College Park Skyhawks faced off against the Ontario Clippers in a highly anticipated home game. Despite a promising start, the Skyhawks struggled to maintain their momentum throughout the match.


In the first half, the Skyhawks showed glimpses of their potential, shooting at 45.7% for field goals and 47.1% for three-pointers. However, their performance fell short of expectations, with only 19 successful field goals out of 40 attempts. Key player Lundy's contributions were limited, further impacting the team's scoring.


Lundy's scoring percentage during the first half reflected as 2 of 5 shots from the field, although he missed both of his three-point attempts, he successfully converted 1 of 1 free throws. Recognized as a dependable player in previous games, Lundy's presence on the court was essential, particularly in the second half. As an NBA Two-Way player with a collegiate basketball background at Penn State, Lundy is anticipated to excel and provide leadership for the team.


Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young taking pictures with fans at the game. Photo: Dez Barnes
Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young taking pictures with fans at the game. Photo: Dez Barnes

Kobe Bufkin emerged as a standout performer for the Skyhawks, showcasing his skills with impressive stats in field goals and free throws. He lead the team in the first half with 7 out of 10 points in field goals, 3 for 4 in three point shots, and 4 for 4 on free throws. In the second half he was going to be an instrumental asset to the court from the bench. Despite Bufkin's efforts, the Clippers dominated the first two quarters, leading with scores of 37-32 and 28-27.


The Clippers lead the game both in the first and second quarter. They showed up as a true test for the Skyhawks who have been looking pretty mighty in recent games. The Skyhawks kept a tight points gap which made coming into the second half way easier to attack.


After halftime, the Skyhawks rallied, narrowing the point gap and tying the game in the third quarter. Bufkin's athleticism and Norris's tenacity on the court played crucial roles in the team's resurgence. Within the first two minutes they managed to add 10 unanswered points to the board. Although, the Clippers seemed to have some success with three point shots; it was really the Skyhawks' ability to catch rebounds that allowed them to really come to the point of tying the game with 8:29 remaining in the third quarter. The Skyhawks started to kick it into gear the way that the fans were used to seeing them do- especially at home.


Norris made himself handy by attacking the basket getting the rebounds to take the ball down the court. Rebounding truly kept the game tight and allowed them to get a lead in the game 77-76 as the clock dwindled down in the third. Of course, there was a lot of basketball left to be played but College Park seemed to be regaining their momentum which was a game changer. Bufkin was the star of the quarter he really showed a heightened level of athleticism in the quarter allowing his team to be within 3 points heading into the fourth. However, the Clippers maintained the lead, ending the third quarter with a score of 90-93.

Etienne for the Skyhawks really stepped up in the second half. Photo: Dez Barnes
Etienne for the Skyhawks really stepped up in the second half. Photo: Dez Barnes

In the final quarter, the Skyhawks fought hard to seize control of the game. Etienne's defensive prowess and McIntosh's strategic plays kept the team in contention. Etienne really stepped up his game in the second half. He played with a lot of git and aggression. Which it seems like he always has a lot to prove every time he takes the court. He hails from Witcha state basketball, coming in at 6’2 being one of the shortest players on the team, which he does not let it stop him from playing up to the tall task.


With 9:15 left in the game, the Skyhawks leveled the score, asserting control over the game. Stellar defensive performances from Joiner and McIntosh bolstered the Skyhawks' efforts. As the clock wound down, the margin remained tight, with the Skyhawks pushing hard to secure a win. With just one minute left, the score stood at 118-114, heightening the tension. Bufkin narrowed the gap to 116-118 with successful free throws. However, the Clippers extended their lead with a pivotal three-point shot, maintaining their advantage.

Clippers held their lead to win the game. Photo: Dez Barnes
Clippers held their lead to win the game. Photo: Dez Barnes

As the game approached its climax, the Skyhawks wisely called a timeout to strategize for the remaining 44.4 seconds, a crucial period in basketball. Despite the brief duration, each second felt like an eternity. Following the timeout, the Skyhawks swiftly inbounded the ball and scored an effortless 2-point layup. With the Clippers attempting to run down the clock, a timely steal granted the Skyhawks possession with just 9.5 seconds left. Despite the opportunity for a game-tying three-pointer, a foul on the Clippers sent Armoni Brooks to the free-throw line. The closing moments of the game are always gripping, with both teams vying to secure victory, leading to heightened intensity and excitement.


With the game tied at 118-118 and seconds remaining, the Skyhawks attempted a three-point shot but fell short, resulting in a narrow defeat with a final score of 122-118 in favor of the Clippers. Despite the loss, the Skyhawks displayed resilience and determination, setting the stage for an exciting rematch against the Birmingham Squadron in their upcoming home game.












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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