EL SEGUNDO (21 March 2019) – The South Bay Lakers dropped their final home game of the season as they fell to the Stockton Kings, 118-108 (box score), on Thursday night. Jemerrio Jones led South Bay (21-28) with a career-high 21 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and three steals off the bench. Troy Williams scored a game-high 30 points for the Kings (30-19) in the win.
Travis Wear got off to his usual hot start, scoring 13 points in the opening frame, but the Lakers trailed by five, 32-27, after one. Stockton broke away in the second quarter, behind nine points from Williams, to take a 66-50 halftime lead.
Stockton took a 91-82 lead into the final frame, despite 11 points in the third quarter from Jeffrey Carroll. Jones added seven points in the period to aid South Bay’s comeback attempt. Jones scored 10 more in the fourth, but Williams scored 11 points in the period to finish out the win for the Kings.
Williams’ scoring output paced the Kings while Daniel Ochefu (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Caleb Swanigan (20 points, 10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles. Cody Demps finished with 15 points and Taren Sullivan scored 12 points off the bench.
Jones’ big night provided the Lakers with a needed spark while Wear put together an all-around night with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Carroll scored 21 points and Justin Harper rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points and eight rebounds. Spencer Hawes did some of everything with eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
South Bay closes out the 2018-19 season with a visit to the desert when they face the Northern Arizona Suns on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00pm PT from the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ.
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 32 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.