South Bay heats up in win over the Suns

By Noah Camarena | October 27, 2018

EL SEGUNDO (27 October 2018) – In their lone preseason game of the 2018-19 season, the South Bay Lakers came away with a convincing 118-89 win over the Northern Arizona Suns on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers (1-0) were led by Issac Bonga, who tallied 19 points and nine rebounds while shooting 8-10 from the free throw line. Wayne McCullough led the Suns (0-1) with 12 points off the bench.

Northern Arizona started the game on a 12-0 run, but the Lakers, aided by Andre Ingram’s nine points, recovered to finish the period only down by two, 31-29. The bench pitched in 16 points in the second quarter as the Lakers took a 55-45 lead into the half.

It was more of the same in the third quarter as Bonga scored eight points and the reserves tallied 16 more to build a 20-point lead, 88-68, through three quarters. Marcus Allen scored all of his 11 points off the bench in the fourth quarter to finish it out as the Lakers took home the win.

McCullough’s 12 points paced the Suns as Peter Jok (11 points) and Shaquille Thomas (10 points) were the only other Suns to score in double figures. LaQuinton Ross grabbed seven boards to go along with six points and two steals while Derek Cooke Jr. finished with six points while shooting 3-3 from the field.

Bonga did a bit of everything in the win (19 points, nine rebounds, two assists, five steals and two blocks) and Jemerrio Jones posted a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) off the bench. Derrick Griffin finished the game with 14 points, while Allen’s 11 points rounded out the double-digit scoring for South Bay. Joel Berry II (seven points, eight assists) and Scott Machado (seven points, seven assists) provided solid point guard production and Wes Van Beck added nine points off his own. Moritz Wagner scored five points and grabbed six rebounds in his first game action since this summer.

The South Bay Lakers will open the regular season on Saturday, November 3 against the Stockton Kings at 5:00 PT from the UCLA Health Training 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), 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 29 NBA Call-Ups and developing 22 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 in Andre Ingram and Travis Wear. The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.