South Bay drops first game of Showcase to Swarm

By Noah Camarena | December 20, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV (20 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers lost their first game of the MGM Resorts Winter Showcase, as they fell to the Greensboro Swarm, 106-90 (box score), on Thursday night. Joel Berry II and Travis Wear each scored 19 points for South Bay (9-10) in the loss. Jaylen Barford led the Swarm (9-8) with 18 points off the bench.

Berry II led South Bay to a 26-22 lead after one as he scored eight points in the period on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. Wear added seven points in the opening frame for the Lakers. The Lakers went into the half with a 50-47 lead behind six points and nine rebounds from Jemerrio Jones, while Johnathan Williams poured in seven points, six rebounds and four assists.

Greensboro took a 77-70 lead after three behind 11 points in the period from Barford. Berry II and Scott Machado combined for 10 points in the quarter to keep the Lakers within striking distance going into the final quarter.

Barford and J.P. Macura each scored 18 points to lead the way for Greensboro. Chinanu Onuaku tallied a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds while John Dawson (12 points) and Tyler Nelson (10 points) also scored in double figures.

Berry II scored 19 points off the bench and Wear tallied 19 points with seven rebounds for the Lakers. Alex Caruso finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and Williams recorded eight points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jones registered eight points and 14 rebounds off the bench for South Bay as Machado finished with 13 points and nine assists.

South Bay will play their second game of the MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase on Saturday, December 22 at 12:00pm PT when they face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants from the Mandalay Bay Events 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 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.