South Bay wrestles away a win in Memphis

By Noah Camarena | January 16, 2019

SOUTHAVEN, MS (15 January 2019)– The South Bay Lakers came away with a huge road victory as they beat the Memphis Hustle, 113-106 (box score), on Tuesday night. Isaac Bonga and Johnathan Williams each grabbed double-doubles for South Bay (11-15) and Jemerrio Jones stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Yuta Watanabe led the Hustle (16-11) with 24 points and nine rebounds.

South Bay struggled shooting the ball in the first quarter, but Memphis couldn’t take advantage, holding a slight 23-22 lead through one. Travis Wear scored eight points in the opening frame to lead the Lakers. South Bay’s bench did the heavy lifting in the second quarter, leading the Lakers to a 50-44 halftime lead. Marcus Allen and Robert Heyer combined for 16 points in the quarter to put the Lakers ahead.

The Lakers continued to control the game in the third, entering the final period with a 76-69 lead. Bonga and Williams got going in the third quarter, combining for 13 of the Lakers’ 26 points. The Lakers finished off the win behind a combined 15 points from Alex Caruso and Justin Harper in the final frame.

Watanabe finished with 24 points and Ivan Rabb scored 19 points while on assignment. Markel Crawford (17 points), Tyler Harvey (16 points) and Dusty Hannahs (11 points) all reached double digits for the Hustle.

Bonga recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Williams grabbed his 11th of the year with 13 points and 11 boards. Wear led the team in scoring with 19 points and Jones’ balanced performance led a productive bench unit. Heyer scored a season-high 15 points and Harper finished with 13 points. Caruso (11 points), Andre Ingram (11 points) and Allen (10 points) all scored in double figures for South Bay.

South Bay will now head to Austin to face the defending champion Austin Spurs on Friday, January 19 at 5:30pm PT from the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, TX.

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.