SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors fell short in overtime tonight against the South Bay Lakers during the team’s home opener, presented by Kaiser Permanente, 135-138. Santa Cruz began their home opener in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,476, the team’s 32nd consecutive sellout at Kaiser Permanente Arena dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Warriors two-way player Quinn Cook scored 36 points (11-20 FG, 11-12 FT) to lead both teams. Six Sea Dubs scored in double figures tonight, with forward Georges Niang (Knee-YANG) contributing 24 points and 10 rebounds, Santa Cruz’s first double-double of the season. Warriors center Damian Jones, currently on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, scored 18 points (16 in the first half), blocked four shots, and shot 5-5 from the free throw line in 30 minutes of action before fouling out with 2:54 remaining in regulation.
Lakers two-way guard Vander Blue led South Bay with 25 points and seven assists, scoring 22 points in the second half and overtime. Lakers assignment player Thomas Bryant scored 22 points (10–14 FG) and collected eight rebounds with three blocked shots, with fellow big man Travis Wear notching 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
The Warriors (1-1) led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter until the Lakers went on a 20-8 run to keep the score close to end the third quarter. In the fourth, the Warriors led by ten with 3:29 remaining until the Lakers came roaring back, culminating in a Travis Wear 16-foot jumper with one second remaining to force overtime. Lakers guards Scott Machado and Blue scored all ten of their team’s points in overtime to complete the comeback victory. Santa Cruz finished the game 40.6% from the 3 point line and 78.6% from the free throw line. This marks only the second time in 44 all-time meetings that these two franchises have played an overtime game, most recently on December 17, 2013 in a 115-113 Santa Cruz Warriors win.
The Lakers will host a rematch against the Warriors this Wednesday, November 8 for South Bay’s first-ever game at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo. Santa Cruz will then return to Kaiser Permanente Arena for a four game homestand, including a Draymond Green bobblehead giveaway next Saturday, November 11 and a Golden State Warriors replica ring giveaway on Wednesday, November 15. For tickets to all Warriors games this season, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call 831-713-4400.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2017-18 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.