Travis Wear sinks 7 threes in wire-to-wire finish at Northern Arizona

By Noah Camarena | February 21, 2019

PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (20 February 2019)– The South Bay Lakers went back-and-forth in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell to the Northern Arizona Suns, 130-126 (box score), on Wednesday night. Travis Wear scored a team-high 25 points for South Bay (14-24) and Jemerrio Jones nearly grabbed a triple-double with nine points, nine assists and 13 rebounds. Jawun Evans and George King each scored 28 points for the Suns (9-31) as they grabbed the win.

Northern Arizona took a 10-point lead after one, 39-29, behind a 14-point outing from Evans and 11 points from De’Anthony Melton. The Lakers battled back in the second quarter, as Derrick Griffin Jr. scored seven points in the period, but the Suns still led by eight, 71-63, at the half.

Wear and Marcus Allen combined for 17 points in the third quarter, but the Suns still led by seven, 99-92, going into the final frame. South Bay put up a valiant effort in the fourth, led by eight points from Scott Machado, but Northern Arizona was able to close out the victory.

A combined 56 points from Evans and King paced the Suns while Melton added 26 points. Retin Obasohan tallied a 15-point, 10-assist double-double as Aaron Epps and Peter Jok scored 13 points apiece for the Suns.

Wear finished with 25 points as he shot 7-13 from beyond the arc and Jones’ near triple-double provided a nice spark off the bench. Machado tallied 21 points and Griffin Jr. recorded 16 points and seven rebounds. Allen, Isaac Bonga and Justin Harper all finished with 12 points and Jeffrey Carroll also scored in double figures with 14 points off the bench.

South Bay will return home to face the Austin Spurs on Friday, February 22 at 7:00pm 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.