South Bay boots Austin back to Texas in home win

By Noah Camarena | March 17, 2019

EL SEGUNDO (16 March 2019) – The South Bay Lakers won their third game in a row as the beat the Austin Spurs, 131-123 (box score), on Saturday night. Scott Machado tallied another double-double and Spencer Hawes scored a team-high 29 points for the Lakers (20-27) in the win. John Holland led the Spurs (19-28) with a game-high 30 points.

Austin took an eight-point lead into the second quarter, 33-25, behind 13 points in the opening frame from Holland. Machado dished out five assists in the first quarter for the Lakers. Hawes dominated the second quarter, scoring 17 points in the frame, but the Spurs held a 62-61 lead at the half.

Machado and Travis Wear combined for 16 points in the third quarter, as the Lakers took a 101-93 lead into the final period. Jemerrio Jones scored eight points in the final frame as South Bay was able to hold of the Spurs for the victory.

Holland’s game-high 30 points led the Spurs while Amida Brimah tallied a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double. Josh Huestis and Travis Bader each finished with 23 points and DeJuan Blair (15 points) and Ben Moore (13 points) also finished in double figures for the Spurs.

Machado’s 14th double-double of the year (22 points, 13 assists) paced the Lakers and Hawes showcased his all-around game with 29 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks. Jones finished with 18 points (9-11 FG), eight rebounds and three steals off the bench and was a game-best +12 in 29 minutes. Jeffrey Carroll (14 points), Justin Harper (13 points) and Wear (12 points) each had double-digit efforts in the win.

South Bay continues their three-game homestand with a matchup against the Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday, March 18 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 31 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.