Andre Ingram gifts Santa Cruz a loss in closing seconds

By Noah Camarena | December 8, 2018

EL SEGUNDO (7 December 2018) – Andre Ingram came to the rescue for the South Bay Lakers as he hit a running floater with seconds left to give his team the 120-119 win (box score) over the Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday night. Ingram scored 24 points and hit 6-of-7 from three-point range to give the Lakers (7-8) the last-second victory. Kendrick Nunn and Alen Smailagic combined for 50 points but couldn’t give the Warriors (10-3) the win.

Travis Wear came out on fire for South Bay, scoring 15 points in the first quarter to give the Lakers a 37-32 lead through one. The Lakers shot a single-quarter, season-high 76.2 percent from the field in the opening frame. The Warriors inched closer at the half, 60-58, but 10 points from Scott Machado in the second helped the Lakers maintain the lead.

Ingram heated up in the third quarter, hitting a couple of threes, as South Bay led by four, 91-87, going into the final period. Ingram and Machado combined for 18 points in the fourth and Ingram’s floater with two seconds remaining gave the Lakers the win.

Smailagic’s double-double (25 points, 12 rebounds) and Nunn’s 25 points off the bench paced the Warriors. Antonius Cleveland finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Damion Lee (18 points) and Will Cherry (15 points) also finished in double figures for Santa Cruz.

Wear scored a game-high 27 points, Ingram finished with 24 points and Machado pitched in a double-double with 25 points and 10 assists off the bench. Johnathan Williams scored 13 points along with six rebounds and four assists, while Jemerrio Jones stuffed the box score with five points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. Justin Harper scored nine points off the bench in his season debut.

South Bay will play the second game of their back-to-back tomorrow night against the Erie BayHawks at 5:00pm PT from the UCLA Health Training Center.

The NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers, the first franchise in G League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), return for its 12th season of competition in 2018-19.  The Lakers franchise has established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 30 NBA Call-Ups and developing 25 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. Last season, the Lakers returned to the playoffs for the third year in a row and saw a pair of players receive NBA Call-Ups to the Los Angeles Lakers, including Andre Ingram. The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.