South Bay rides the wave to fourth straight win

By Noah Camarena | March 19, 2019

EL SEGUNDO (18 March 2019) – The South Bay Lakers won their fourth consecutive game as they beat the Santa Cruz Warriors, 113-108 (box score), on Monday night. Three Lakers secured double-doubles, including NBA G League Player of the Week Scott Machado, and Marcus Allen scored a game-high 18 points as South Bay (21-27) split the season series with Santa Cruz. Antonius Cleveland led the Warriors (31-16) with 17 points.

South Bay started the game on a 16-0 run and finished the quarter with a 35-31 lead. Travis Wear scored 10 points in the opening frame to pace the Lakers. South Bay entered halftime with a 57-55 lead, as Allen and Justin Harper scored seven points apiece in the second quarter.

The Lakers held a three-point lead, 81-78, after three, as Jeffrey Carroll scored seven points in the period. Jemerrio Jones scored 10 points in the fourth and the Lakers were able to hold off the Warriors and grab the win.

Cleveland’s team-high 17 points paced the Warriors, as Juan Toscano-Anderson tallied a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Darius Morris (15 points) and Michael Gbinije (13 points) scored in double figures, while Kendrick Nunn (15 points) and Alen Smailagic (14 points) also tallied double-digit outputs off the bench.

Allen’s 18 points off the bench guided the Lakers to the win, while Spencer Hawes (11 points, 11 rebounds), Jones (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Machado (14 points, 11 assists, four steals) all recorded double-doubles. Wear finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Robert Heyer (13 points), Carroll (11 points, seven rebounds) and Harper (11 points) also scored in double figures.

South Bay plays their final home game of the season when they host the Stockton Kings on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm 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 31 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.