South Bay breaks through in final minutes to beat Drive

By Noah Camarena | March 13, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (13 March 2019) – The South Bay Lakers saw three players record double-doubles as they beat the Grand Rapids Drive, 106-98 (box score), on Wednesday night. Scott Machado nearly grabbed a triple-double for the Lakers (19-27) with 13 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Kalin Lucas paced the Drive (24-21) with a game-high 30 points.

Travis Wear powered the Lakers to an early four-point lead after one, 34-30, behind 11 points in the first quarter. Lucas scored 11 early points to pace the Drive. Justin Harper handled the scoring load in the second quarter with 11 points in the frame, to give the Lakers a 61-55 halftime lead.

South Bay continued to add on to their lead in the third quarter, as they entered the final period with an 88-77 lead. Spencer Hawes led the Lakers with nine points in the third. The Drive rallied back to take a one-point lead and kept it close throughout the final period, but South Bay finished out the win behind seven fourth-quarter points from Jemerrio Jones.

Lucas led Grand Rapids with 30 points, as Marcus Thornton finished the night with 18 points and nine rebounds. Isaiah Whitehead scored 13 points off the bench and Todd Withers also scored in double figures with 10 points for the Drive.

Machado’s 13th double-double of the season paced the Lakers, as Jones recorded his 12th of the season (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Hawes tallied his first (17 points, 11 rebounds) for South Bay. Wear scored a team-high 19 points, while Harper (13 points), Robert Heyer (12 points) and Marcus Allen (11 points) all scored in double figures.

South Bay returns home to face the Austin Spurs on Saturday, March 16 at 5:00pm 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.