EL SEGUNDO (20 January 2019)– The South Bay Lakers overcame a 26-point first half deficit, but ultimately could not pull out the win as they fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 125-119 (box score), on Sunday night. Scott Machado put on a show for South Bay (11-17) with 32 points and seven assists. Bruno Caboclo led the Vipers (18-10) with 26 points and nine rebounds.
South Bay fell behind early, trailing 38-22 after the first quarter. Michael Frazier scored 12 points in the opening frame to lead the Vipers. Despite falling behind by 26 in the second, the Lakers went into the half only down 72-55 thanks to 13 points in the second quarter from Machado.
South Bay stormed all the way back in the third quarter, as they went into the final frame only down 93-92. Machado scored another 11 points in the third to bring his team within one. The Vipers found their rhythm again in the fourth quarter as 11 points from Dakarai Tucker finished off the win for Rio Grande Valley.
Caboclo (26 points), Frazier (23 points) and Tucker (20 points) all reached the 20-point threshold for the Vipers. Jordan Johnson (14 points), Roger Moute a Bidias (11 points) and Chris Walker (10 points) also scored in double figures for RGV.
Machado’s game-high 32 points paced the Lakers as he also tallied five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Travis Wear added 19 points and seven rebounds while Johnathan Williams finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Jemerrio Jones (11 points) and Andre Ingram (10 points) tallied double digits off the bench.
South Bay will head across town to face the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm PT from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.
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.