South Bay ruffles Erie’s feathers for home victory

By Noah Camarena | December 9, 2018

EL SEGUNDO (8 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers won their second game of the weekend as they beat the Erie BayHawks, 127-118, on Saturday night. Travis Wear scored a game-high 26 points for South Bay (8-8) and Johnathan Williams pitched in his eighth double-double with 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton paced Erie (6-6) with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers fell behind early, trailing 39-31 after the first quarter, despite a combined 18 points from Alex Caruso and Wear. Hamilton scored nine quick points to give his team the lead. South Bay recovered in the second quarter, tying up the game at 64 apiece heading into the half. Joel Berry II and Derrick Griffin Jr. combined for 16 points in the second to regain momentum.

The Lakers took a 99-91 lead going into the final frame, as Wear poured in 14 points in the third quarter alone, connecting on 4-of-5 from three-point range. A balanced effort by the Lakers finished off the game, including a powerful reverse alley-oop slam from Griffin Jr. that put a stamp on the win.

Hamilton’s double-double led the BayHawks, while John Gillon scored a team-high 24 points and RJ Hunter finished with 22 points of his own. Jordan Sibert also scored in double figures with 16 points off the bench, as Terrence Jones finished with 15 points and eight assists.

Wear’s impressive night (26 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and a career-night from Williams (21 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three blocks) guided the Lakers to the win. Caruso tallied 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals while Jemerrio Jones finished with six points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Berry II scored 13 points, Justin Harper finished with 12 and Griffin Jr. recorded 11 points and seven boards.

The South Bay Lakers will return to the court on Thursday, December 13 when they host the Capital City Go-Go at 7:00pm PT from the UCLA Health Training Center. The game will air live on ESPNU.

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.