South Bay’s comeback falls short in loss to Hustle

By Noah Camarena | December 28, 2018

EL SEGUNDO (27 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers erased a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter but couldn’t do enough to win, as they fell to the Memphis Hustle, 121-115 (box score), on Thursday night. Travis Wear scored 20 points and Scott Machado tallied a 17-point, 11-assist double-double for South Bay (9-12), but the Lakers shot only 69.2 percent from the free throw line in the loss. Marcus Keene led the Hustle (13-7) with 22 points off the bench.

Memphis took a slight lead after one, 28-27, as Dusty Hannahs and Keene combined for 16 points off the bench. Machado and Wear combined for 12 early points to keep the Lakers within a basket. The Hustle maintained a small lead at the half, 58-56, as Kyle Casey scored 10 points in the second period. Joel Berry II came off the bench with nine points in the second and Isaac Bonga added seven in the quarter to keep South Bay close.

Memphis extended their lead after three, 90-81, as Keene scored nine points in the third quarter. Berry II and Machado combined for 10 points in the frame for South Bay. The Lakers fell behind, 108-92, before going on a 16-0 run to tie the game. However, the Hustle made a few more plays down the stretch to come away with the win.

Keene (22 points) and Hannahs (21 points) led the way for Memphis off the bench as Casey and Tyler Harvey paced the starters with 18 points apiece. Tarik Phillip (14 points) and Doral Moore (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Hustle.

Machado’s double-double led the Lakers while Wear finished with a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds. Bonga tallied 17 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks and Derrick Griffin Jr. recorded eight points and nine rebounds in his first career start. Berry II scored 16 points off the bench and Justin Harper also scored in double figures with 14 points.

South Bay will play again on Saturday, December 29 when they host the Northern Arizona Suns at 5:00pm 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 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.