Bryant, Caruso Lead South Bay to Victory in Home Debut

By Joey Ramirez | November 9, 2017

The South Bay Lakers trailed by as many as 20 points on Wednesday, but they weren’t about to disappoint their fans in their home debut at the new UCLA Health Training Center.

The Lakers fought all the way back behind the efforts of Los Angeles assignee Thomas Bryant, who erupted for 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting.

The 20-year-old also grabbed eight rebounds and sunk four 3-pointers on a night that ended with him signing a couple kids’ foreheads in the postgame autograph session.

Two-way player Alex Caruso also provided some buckets, dropping 29 points while setting his teammates up with seven assists.

He also had the biggest bucket of the night, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of South Bay’s 127-123 win.

But the Lakers certainly wouldn’t have improved their record to 2-0 without the contributions of backup point guard Scott Machado, who put up 19 points and eight assists — much of which came during the team’s second-half comeback.

Having beaten Santa Cruz in back-to-back close games, the Lakers will look to continue to defend home court on Saturday, when they host the Austin Spurs at 7 p.m.

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