Mykhailiuk burns the Suns for 47 points in South Bay’s win

By Noah Camarena | December 30, 2018

EL SEGUNDO (29 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers closed 2018 with a win as they beat the Northern Arizona Suns, 119-114 (box score), on Saturday night. Svi Mykhailiuk scored 47 points, tying for the most by any player in the NBA G League this season, to lead the Lakers (10-12) to the win. Alex Caruso tallied 20 points and a franchise-record eight steals in the victory. Jawun Evans led the Suns (3-19) with a 14-point, 13-assist double-double.

The Lakers took an early 28-20 lead through one, as Mykhailiuk scored 12 points in the first quarter alone. South Bay went into the half with a 59-49 lead, as Mykhailiuk scored eight more in the second quarter. Caruso tallied seven points and three steals in the second period to extend the Lakers’ lead.

Mykhailiuk caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 17 points in the frame, to extend the South Bay lead to 91-77 after three. The Suns fought back in the fourth quarter, as George King and Peter Jok combined for 18 points in the period, but Mykhailiuk scored 10 more in the final frame to put the game away.

Evans’ double-double paced the Suns while Hollis Thompson (24 points) and King (22 points) took on the scoring load. Jok (17 points) and Aaron Epps (15 points) scored in double digits off the bench.

Mykhailiuk could not be stopped on his way to 47 points (16-23 FG, 5-9 3FG, 10-11 FT) and Caruso controlled the pace of the game, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, one block and a career-high eight steals. Travis Wear had a complete game with 14 points, nine rebounds, a career-high six assists and two blocks, while Moe Wagner finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Jemerrio Jones tallied five points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

South Bay returns to the court in the new year when they host the Oklahoma City Blue on Thursday, January 3 at 7:00pm 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.