SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (18-15) ended their six-game home stand on a high note, beating the Maine Red Claws (16-17) 111-98 in front of another sold-out home crowd. After a rocky first period, the Sea Dubs shot 53.8% from the field (35-65 FG) and outscored Crustacean Nation 84-62 in the final three quarters.
For the third time this season, Warriors guard Damion Lee led the team in scoring off the bench, notching 23 points on 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from deep. Two-way guard Quinn Cook had his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 assists to go with 8 rebounds, and forward Terrence Joneshad 21 points off the bench. Tonight was the first time this season the Warriors had two 20-point scorers off the bench.
Maine was led by forward Anthony Bennett’s 29 points, 20 of which came in the first half from six three-pointers. The Red Claws also saw double-doubles from rookie guard Daniel Dixon (21 points, 12 rebounds) and center Devin Williams (13 points, 12 rebounds).
Maine got off to a hot start in the first quarter by scoring 36 points, shooting 14-of-21 from the field (66.7%) and 8-of-11 from three (72.7%) to take a 9 point lead. The Sea Dubs climbed back in the second quarter thanks to 10 points from forward James Southerland and an 8-2 run to end the first half. In the second half, the Warriors pulled away thanks to 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists from Cook and 28 bench points, 24 coming from Jones and Lee.
After shooting only 1-of-6 (16.7%) from the three-point line in the first quarter, the Warriors shot 10-of-15 (66.7%) from deep for the rest of the game. The Warriors are now 6-1 when dishing 30 or more assists in a game. The Warriors had six players score in double figures tonight, the first time that occurred since the team’s win on January 6 against the Greensboro Swarm.
The Warriors will go on a short road trip in Northern Arizona and Salt Lake City before returning for two games next weekend against the streaking Texas Legends and South Bay Lakers on February 9th and 11th. Tickets for next weekend and all Santa Cruz Warriors home games are available atsantacruzbasketball.com, by calling (831) 713-4400 or by visiting the Warriors front office on 903 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.
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