SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (17-14) lost a late lead mid-way through the fourth quarter and fell to the Oklahoma City Blue (17-14), 108-113 tonight at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Two-way guard Quinn Cook led the Warriors with 23 points, to go along with 12 assists. Forward Winston Shepardlogged 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while fellow forward James Southerland finished with 21 points (7-13 FG, 4-8 3FG) and 4 rebounds.
The Blue were led by Dakari Johnson, currently on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Guard Bryce Alford had 20 points on 7-13 from the field.
Both teams had an efficient start in the first quarter, shooting over 60% from the field, with Santa Cruz assisting on 10 of their 11 made field goals. The Warriors took off in the second period, scoring a franchise record 42 points, with 14 assists on 15 made baskets while shooting 65.2% from the field to take a 71-54 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Blue went on a 19-2 run in just five minutes, holding the Warriors without a field goal to tie up the game, 93-93. The Warriors shot just 26.7% (4-15 FG) for the rest of the game, with guard Justin Leon’s go-ahead three-pointer and Johnson’s 7 points in three minutes securing the victory.
Santa Cruz will continue their six-game homestand at Oracle Arena on Sunday, January 28 against the Austin Spurs, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a special-edition Kevin Durant Coaster Bobblehead. Tickets for Sunday’s game are available at santacruzbasketball.com or by calling (831) 713-4400.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2017-18 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, please visitwww.santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.