Justin Harper drops 20 points in South Bay’s season finale

By Noah Camarena | March 24, 2019

PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (23 March 2019) – The South Bay Lakers lost their final game of the season as they fell to the Northern Arizona Suns, 99-96 (box score), on Saturday night. Justin Harper scored a team-high 20 points off the bench for the Lakers (21-29) in the loss. Three players for Northern Arizona (12-38) grabbed double-doubles as they won the season series against South Bay.

South Bay got out to a quick 25-18 lead after the first quarter, as Travis Wear scored nine points in the period, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range. The Suns bounced back to take a 55-52 halftime lead, behind 12 second-quarter points from Aaron Epps.

Northern Arizona extended their lead through three, 80-73, as Peter Jok scored nine points in the third quarter alone. South Bay outscored the Suns in the fourth quarter, as Harper scored eight points off the bench, but the Suns prevailed in the closing minutes for the win.

Epps (23 points, 10 rebounds), Jok (20 points, 14 rebounds) and ShawnDre Jones (13 points, 14 assists) all recorded double-doubles for the Suns. Hollis Thompson finished with 21 points and Daxter Miles Jr. scored 10 points off the bench.

Harper’s 20 points paced the Lakers, while Andre Ingram and Wear scored 19 points apiece. Jemerrio Jones did some of everything with eight points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three blocks.

South Bay finished the year with a 21-29 regular season record and saw Ingram and Scott Machado receive NBA Call Ups with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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.