The College Park Skyhawks (8-4) showcased their defensive prowess in a commanding victory over the Greensboro Swarm (3-11), securing a 114-73 win on Wednesday. The Skyhawks set a team record for points allowed, limiting the Swarm to only 73 points, and boasted an impressive defensive performance, holding their opponents to a mere 29.1% field goal percentage.
The Skyhawks' No. 1-ranked defense was on full display, setting records for points allowed and opponent field goal percentage. The team's tenacity on the defensive end stifled the Swarm's offensive efforts throughout the game.
Chris Silva, a key player for the Skyhawks, contributed significantly to the victory by recording his third 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of the season, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes. Additionally, seven Skyhawks players achieved double figures, showcasing the team's depth and offensive prowess.
The game's tone was set early as College Park initiated a dominant 26-4 run, establishing control in the first quarter. The Skyhawks' defensive discipline allowed only 12 points for the Swarm in the opening quarter, marking a new team record for fewest points allowed in an opening quarter.
Heading into halftime with a 59-34 lead, the Skyhawks continued their defensive dominance, tying a team record for fewest points allowed in a half. Chris Silva's stellar performance, shooting a perfect 7-7 from the field and 1-1 from beyond the arc in the first half, contributed significantly to the commanding lead.
The Skyhawks maintained their defensive intensity throughout the second half, securing a 114-73 victory. The Swarm's Amari Bailey led their scoring efforts with 18 points, but the Skyhawks' defensive resilience proved insurmountable.
The Skyhawks will carry this momentum into a two-game series against the Maine Celtics, with the first game scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. and the conclusion on Saturday at 7 p.m. This series against Maine precedes the team's participation in the 2023 NBA G League Winter Showcase in Orlando.
As the Skyhawks continue to assert themselves as defensive stalwarts, their performance in upcoming games and tournaments will be closely watched by fans and opponents alike.
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