EL SEGUNDO – The South Bay Lakers saw three players record double-doubles, but ultimately fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 128-120, on Saturday night. Travis Wear led the way for the Lakers (10-13) with a season-high 28 point and 12 rebounds. Brandon Sampson finished with a team-best 27 points to give the Vipers (8-18) the road victory.
Wear scored eight points in the first quarter to lead the Lakers, but Rio Grande Valley maintained a 26-21 lead after one. Wear finished the half with 16 points, but the Lakers trailed by 11 points, 68-57, at the intermission. Isaiah Taylor scored 17 points in the first half to lead all scorers.
The Lakers took the lead in the third quarter, 96-94, as Zach Norvell Jr. scored 15 points in the frame and South Bay tallied a season-best six steals in the quarter. However, the Vipers were able to pull away in the fourth quarter behind a combined 17 points from Jaron Blossomgame and Brandon Sampson.
Sampson’s team-high scoring performance led the Vipers and Taylor finished with 24 points and seven assists. Ray Spalding tallied a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double to go with four blocks and William Howard also finished in double figures with 19 points. A trio of bench players scored double digits for the Vipers, including 14 points from Blossomgame and 13 points apiece from Jacobi Boykins and Kerwin Roach.
A season-best performance from Wear (28 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block) paced South Bay, while Norvell Jr. finished with a career-high 25 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Talen Horton-Tucker secured the third double-double of his career with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Jordan Caroline also tallied a double-double off the bench, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. Reggie Hearn scored in double figures with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists.
South Bay will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the Austin Spurs at 5:00pm from the UCLA Health Training Center.