South Bay can’t complete the comeback in Santa Cruz

By Noah Camarena | November 17, 2018

SANTA CRUZ, CA (16 November 2018) – The South Bay Lakers remained winless on the road as they fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 97-91, on Friday night. Johnathan Williams paced the Lakers (1-5) with 20 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points off the bench as the Warriors (6-0) remained undefeated.

Santa Cruz took a slight 24-23 lead after the first quarter as Darius Morris scored eight points in the frame. Scott Machado and Williams combined for 12 points in the period to keep the Lakers close. The Warriors took a 52-41 halftime lead behind nine points in the second from Nunn.

South Bay stormed back in the third quarter to take a 67-65 lead heading into the final quarter. Williams tallied 10 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers held the Warriors to 25.0 percent from the field in the frame. However, the Warriors took control in the fourth as their reserves scored 20 points to put the game away.

Nunn’s game-high 22 points guided the Warriors to the win while Morris (19 points, 11 assists) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (10 points, 10 rebounds) each grabbed double-doubles for Santa Cruz. Alen Smailagic tallied 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks and Antonius Cleveland also scored in double figures with 15 points.

A second straight double-double from Williams wasn’t enough for the Lakers, who shot only 2-of-16 from beyond the arc in the loss. Allen scored 12 points in his first career start and Machado posted a near double-double himself with 10 points and nine assists. Isaac Bonga also scored in double digits with 15 points.

The South Bay Lakers will return home to host the Salt Lake City Stars on Sunday, November 18 at 5:00pm PT from the UCLA Health Training Center. Tickets for the game can be purchased online or at the box office (opens at 3:30pm PT).

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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), will 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.