South Bay grabs fourth straight win by the horns

By Noah Camarena | December 4, 2018

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (3 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers won their fourth straight game as they beat the Windy City Bulls, 107-101 (box score), on Monday night. Alex Caruso put together his finest performance of the season for South Bay (6-7) finishing with 28 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Rawle Alkins led the Bulls (5-10) with 22 points.

South Bay jumped out to an early 25-16 lead as Travis Wear nearly grabbed a double-double in the first quarter with 10 points and eight rebounds. The Lakers maintained their lead at the half, 48-39, behind a combined 14 second-quarter points from Andre Ingram and Jemerrio Jones. Johnathan Williams led all scorers with 11 points at the half.

A flurry of three-pointers to close the third by Windy City cut South Bay’s lead to four, 75-71, as the teams went to the final quarter. Williams scored nine points in the third, but the Bulls used a balanced scoring attack to cut into the Lakers lead. Caruso absolutely took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 points in the final frame, to keep South Bay’s winning streak alive.

Alkins’ 22 points paced the Bulls as CJ Fair added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. JaKarr Sampson finished with 18 points and Mychal Mulder also scored in double figures with 13 points of his own.

Caruso’s huge performance guided the Lakers to the win while Wear contributed with a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double. Williams scored 20 points with four blocks and Ingram scored a season-high 17 points off the bench. Isaac Bonga finished with seven points to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jones did it all off the bench with eight points, 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

South Bay will finish their road trip with a visit to the Westchester Knicks on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:00pm PT from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.

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.