South Bay cuts down the Nets in Showcase victory

By Noah Camarena | January 11, 2018

MISSISSAUGA, ON– The South Bay Lakers grabbed a win in their first game of the 2018 NBA G League Showcase as they beat the Long Island Nets, 117-97 (box score), on Thursday afternoon. Thomas Bryant and Travis Wear grabbed double-doubles for South Bay (15-10) who saw seven players score in double figures in the wire-to-wire victory.

The Lakers got off to a hot start as they took a 28-18 lead through one. Bryant tallied eight points and six rebounds in the opening period for South Bay, while Thomas Wimbush led Long Island (14-11) with eight points of his own. Stephaun Branch had his way in the second quarter as he scored nine points to help give his team a 54-46 lead at the half, despite 10 points in the second from Long Island’s Shannon Scott.

The Lakers led 85-74 after the third quarter as Bryant, Wear and Stephen Zimmerman each contributed seven points in the period. South Bay took full control of the game in the fourth quarter behind a combined 15 points from their two-way guards Vander Blue and Alex Caruso as they grabbed their first win at the Showcase.

Long Island was led by 18 points off the bench from Tahjere McCall and 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists from Jeremy Senglin. Scott finished with 15 points while Isaiah Whitehead and Wimbush grabbed 10 points apiece for the Nets. Kamari Murphy nearly picked up a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.

South Bay’s big men guided the Lakers to the win as Bryant (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Wear (16 points, 12 rebounds) tallied double-doubles. Caruso finished with 19 points and five assists and Branch led the second unit with 17 points and four steals. Blue (12 points, six assists), Scott Machado (14 points, five assists) and Zimmerman (12 points) also scored in double figures for South Bay.

The South Bay Lakers will play their second game of the G League Showcase on Saturday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m. against the Lakeland Magic in the first meeting between the two franchises.


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), returns for its 11th season of competition in 2017-18.  The Lakers franchise has established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 26 NBA Call-Ups and developing 19 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. Last season, the Lakers returned to the playoffs for the third time in the last four years and produced the league MVP in guard Vander Blue.  The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.