SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (17-13) blitzed the Agua Caliente Clippers (14-15), 113-116 tonight on Watsonville Community Hospital jersey night. The Sea Dubs played fast (27 fast break points, 9-11 FG) and smart (season-low 9 turnovers) while holding the Clippers to 36.0% shooting for the evening.
All five Warriors starters scored in double figures and all 10 Sea Dubs played double-digit minutes and scored at least one bucket. Two-way guard Quinn Cook had 33 points (11-19 FG, 5-9 3FG), his seventh 30-point game of the season, to lead both teams. Forward Winston Shepard, making his first career NBA G League start, logged 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
The short-handed Clippers were led by Brice Johnson’s 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks, with former Santa Cruz Warrior LaDontae Henton collecting 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. With only seven players suiting up for Agua Caliente, each Clipper logged at least 22 minutes tonight.
The Warriors enjoyed a comfortable halftime lead thanks to Cook’s 22 points on 7-11 shooting and only 4 team turnovers, while scoring 15 points off Agua Caliente’s 8 giveaways. After a sloppy third period, which featured both teams shooting under 25% from the field, the Warriors ended their three-game home skid thanks to 8 fourth quarter points by James Southerland and an aggressive driving game leading to 13 free throws compared to Agua Caliente’s four freebies.
Santa Cruz will continue their six-game homestand on Thursday, January 25 against the Oklahoma City Blue, with the team hosting Klay Thompson Bobblehead night for the first 1,500 fans in attendance. Tickets for Thursday’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.