South Bay falls to Salt Lake City on the road

By Noah Camarena | November 15, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (15 November 2018) – The South Bay Lakers fell to the Salt Lake City Stars, 113-104 (box score), on Thursday night to remain winless on the road. Johnathan Williams scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lakers (1-4) but it wasn’t enough to grab the win. Naz Mitrou-Long posted a near triple-double for the Stars (3-2) as they beat the Lakers for the first time since moving to Salt Lake City.

Scott Machado led the Lakers to an early 31-27 lead after the first quarter with 10 points in the opening frame. Isaac Bonga pitched in nine points of his own to contribute to the quick lead. The Stars fought back in the second quarter, outscoring the Lakers by 13, to take a 65-56 halftime lead. Mitrou-Long and Jarius Lyle combined for 18 points in the second as the duo shot 5-6 from beyond the arc in the period.

South Bay fell behind by 15 in the third, but a 16-0 run helped them regain their momentum and get right back in the game. Bonga and Williams combined for 19 points in the quarter, but Salt Lake City maintained a slight lead, 87-83, as the two teams entered the fourth. The Stars secured the victory in the fourth quarter as Tyler Cavanaugh scored nine points in the frame.

Mitrou-Long’s big night (20 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists) guided the Stars to victory and Tony Bradley posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Willie Reed scored 20 points on a perfect 10-10 from the field. Isaiah Cousins (17 points), Cavanaugh (15 points) and Lyles (15 points) each scored in double figures for Salt Lake City.

Williams grabbed his first double-double of the season for South Bay while Bonga stuffed the box score with 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals. Machado tallied 18 points and Demarcus Holland led the bench with 11 points and four rebounds.

The South Bay Lakers will play the second game of their back-to-back tomorrow night when they visit the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7:00pm PT from the Kaiser Permanente Arena.

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.