EL SEGUNDO – The South Bay Lakers won their second consecutive home game as they bested the Salt Lake City Stars, 142-128, on Wednesday night. Devontae Cacok and Talen Horton-Tucker each scored 27 points for the Lakers (13-21) and Pierre Jackson tallied a 21-point, 10-assist double-double. Malik Benlevi paced the Stars (23-11) with 29 points off the bench.
South Bay’s starting backcourt guided the team to a 36-31 lead after one as Jackson and David Stockton each scored nine points in the opening frame. Jackson continued to have the hot hand in the second quarter, scoring 10 points in the period, to help give the Lakers to a 73-63 lead at the half. He finished the half with 19 points on 6-of-7 from three-point range.
South Bay held a 114-99 lead through three, as Cacok and Wayne Selden Jr. combined for 22 points in the third quarter alone. Cacok and Horton-Tucker combined for 17 points in the fourth quarter to help South Bay close out the victory on their home court.
Benlevi’s big night off the bench led Salt Lake City, while Jarrell Brantley also scored efficiently with 25 points. Trevon Bluiett finished with 20 points, Justin Wright-Foreman tallied 14 points and Isaac Haas had six points and 15 rebounds. Mike Scott (17 points) and Kyle Castlin (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Stars.
Cacok continued his hot shooting streak in the win, finishing with 27 points on 12-of-13 from the field. Jackson also had it going, ending the night with 21 points (7-10 FG) and 10 assists for this first double-double of the season. Stockton nearly finished with his own double-double, as he recorded 23 points, nine assists and two steals. Horton-Tucker did a bit of everything for South Bay with 27 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Selden Jr. (18 points) and Reggie Hearn (14 points) also scored in double figures for the Lakers.
South Bay returns after the break on Wednesday, February 19 when they take on the Texas Legends at 5:00pm from the Comerica Center in Frisco, TX.