South Bay Lakers drop close game to Capital City

By Noah Camarena | December 14, 2018

EL SEGUNDO (13 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers fell to the Capital City Go-Go, 107-106 (box score), on Thursday night in the first meeting between the two teams. Johnathan Williams recorded his ninth career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers (8-9), but the team couldn’t get a shot off in the closing seconds of the loss. Jordan McRae led the Go-Go (6-6) with 28 points.

South Bay got off to a great start as Travis Wear poured in 11 first-quarter points to give the Lakers a 29-23 lead after one. Capital City came roaring back in the second as McRae scored 14 points in the period and the team hit 8-15 from beyond the arc. The big second quarter put the Go-Go up 61-56 at the half.

The Go-Go maintained their lead through three, 89-83, as Chasson Randle scored eight points in the quarter. South Bay put together a valiant effort in the final frame, tying the game at 104 with minutes remaining, but a three by Randle with just over a minute to go put the Go-Go ahead for good.

McRae’s game-high 28 points gave the Go-Go the road victory and Okaro White grabbed a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to go with three assists and five steals. Randle scored 20 points as the only other Go-Go to reach double figures.

A double-double by Williams paced the Lakers, while Wear scored a team-high 21 points. South Bay’s bench pitched in 47 points as Scott Machado (13 points, seven assists), Joel Berry II (13 points) and Jemerrio Jones (11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals) all scored in double figures. Alex Caruso finished with 12 points and six assists.

The South Bay Lakers will now face the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday, December 15 at 5:00pm 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), 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.