SANTA CRUZ, CA – The South Bay Lakers fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 137-107, on Sunday night. Javan Felix scored a career-high 30 points for the Lakers (10-20), but the eight healthy players could not overcome a deficit that swelled over 24 points. Jeremy Pargo did some of everything for the Warriors (16-12) with 29 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
Ryan Taylor scored 12 points in the first quarter to help give the Warriors a 46-21 lead through one. South Bay’s bench carried them in the second quarter, combining for 23 points, but Santa Cruz held a 67-48 lead at halftime.
South Bay got into a rhythm in the third quarter, led by 10 points from Reggie Hearn, to get right back into the game, trailing 86-82 after three periods. However, Santa Cruz scored 51 points in the fourth quarter and ran away with the win.
Pargo’s all-around performance guided the Warriors to the win and Juan Toscano-Anderson tallied a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor led the bench with 25 points. Isaiah Reese (13 points, seven assists), Alen Smailagic (12 points) and Ky Bowman (10 points) all reached double figures for Santa Cruz.
A career night from Felix paced the Lakers and Zach Norvell Jr. continued to be a consistent scoring presence with 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks. Pierre Jackson and Wayne Selden Jr. scored 16 points apiece and Hearn finished the night with 15 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Allen also scored in double digits with 10 points off the bench.
South Bay will return home for a few days before they hit the road to take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday, February 1 at 5:30pm from the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, TX.