FRISCO, Texas – The Santa Cruz Warriors (17-14) fell to the Texas Legends (14-16) 102-99 on Tuesday night at Dr. Pepper Arena.
LaDontae Henton led the Warriors with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Scott Wood contributed 16 points, while Alex Hamilton and Cam Jones both notched 14 points off the bench. Dennis Clifford added 10 points and 9 rebounds.
The Legends were paced by Manny Harris who notched a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Andre Dawkins added 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jameel Warney also notched a double-double for Texas with 16 points and 16 rebounds off the bench.
The Warriors scored the first points and only lead of the night before being outscored by the Legends 29-18 in the opening frame. In the first half, Texas outrebounded Santa Cruz 38-25 while forcing several turnovers off 9 steals in the first half of play. Jameel Warney jumped out to a quick start on both the offensive and defensive end of the ball, recording a double-double off the bench in the first half, behind 12 points and 10 boards.
Texas took a 21-point lead, their largest of the night, in the third quarter behind seven points from Manny Harris, but the win would be hard-fought for the hosts. Santa Cruz would respond by doubling the Legends’ points to finish the third with a 13-point gap.
A three-pointer from Harris sent the Legends up 18 with under 8 minutes to play, but the momentum took a sharp shift as the Warriors sprinted through a 14-0 run. The two teams exchanged baskets until the clock held only seconds when Cam Jones hit two free throws to make it a 3-point game. After a missed opportunity on the home basket, the Warriors took possession with a chance to send the game to overtime. The last attempts were denied and the Legends finished the victory with a season-high 61 rebounds.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will return home to take on the Austin Spurs on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. PST as Kaiser Permanente Arena. Fans can catch the game on Facebook Live, by visiting the Santa Cruz Warriors’ Facebook page at tip-off.
Santa Cruz Warriors tickets can be purchased at the Santa Cruz Warriors headquarters at 903 Pacific Avenue, online at www.santacruzbasketball.com or over the phone at (831) 713-4400.