South Bay loses heartbreaker to Rio Grande Valley

By Noah Camarena | February 9, 2019

EL SEGUNDO (8 February 2019) – The South Bay Lakers suffered a heartbreaking loss as they fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 128-127 (box score), on Friday night. Scott Machado tallied 20 points and 10 assists off the bench for the Lakers (13-22) and Johnathan Williams tallied his 15th double-double of the season. Michael Frazier led the Vipers (25-12) with 27 points.

The Vipers jumped out to a six-point lead after one, 34-28, as Gary Clark scored eight points in the first quarter. Isaac Bonga and Williams combined for 15 points in the opening frame to keep the Lakers close. RGV extended their lead at the half, 72-57, behind nine points from Danuel House Jr. in the second quarter. Machado and Andre Ingram combined for 13 points in the second quarter for South Bay.

The Lakers started to climb back into it in the third quarter as they poured in 41 points in the frame, to go into the final quarter with a 105-98 deficit. Machado scored nine points in the fourth, but three free throws by House Jr. in the closing seconds secured the win for the visiting team.

Frazier’s game-high 27 points (7-11 3FG) led the Vipers to the win as House Jr. poured in 24 points of his own. Clark was the only other Viper to score in double figures, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Double-doubles from Machado and Williams paced the Lakers as Bonga finished the night with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks. Alex Caruso and Travis Wear scored 16 points apiece, while Ingram (12 points) and Justin Harper (11 points) also scored in double figures.

South Bay will now head out to Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma City Blue on Sunday, February 10 at 12:00pm PT from the Cox Convention 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.