SALT LAKE CITY (February 15, 2022) — The South Bay Lakers started the fourth quarter ahead by 20 points on Tuesday night at Bruin Arena. Despite a furious 32-12 late rally, the Stars came up just short, and South Bay escaped Salt Lake City with a 116-115 victory.
Mac McClung overcame a slow start in the first half to pace the Lakers with 27 points, six rebounds and seven assists. In his three games against the Stars this regular season, McClung has averaged 28.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Mason Jones chipped in 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers and Elijah Cain added 18 points and five assists off the bench.
Carsen Edwards exploded in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his game-high 33 points in the final frame, including an electrifying reverse layup that split two defenders at the rim and cut the Lakers lead to seven with 8:16 left to play. Derrick Alston Jr. added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Jared Wilson-Frame scored 16 points to go along with 8 assists for the Stars. Rayvonte Rice (19 points) and Yoeli Childs (17 points) combined for 36 points off the bench for the Stars, while Childs tied his career-high in rebounds with 13.
The Stars looked poised to take the lead after Wilson-Frame’s three pointer tied the game at 109-109, but McClung answered the bell, hitting an uncontested 3-point shot and a driving layup on the following play. The Lakers never looked back and closed out the Stars to earn their 10th win of the season.
South Bay will be back in action tomorrow night as they take on the Agua Caliente Clippers in Ontario, CA at 7 p.m. PT.