SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors (3-2) beat the Agua Caliente Clippers (3-2) tonight, 115-110, securing back-to-back wins after defeating the Wisconsin Herd the previous night.
Four Warriors scored at least 16 points, with reserve guard Antonius Cleveland securing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and no turnovers. Forward Georges Niang led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points, including 3-4 from three, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, and two-way player Quinn Cook scored 16 points and nine assists.
Agua Caliente forward Jamil Wilson led all scorers with an impressive 31-point (12-19 FG, 3-6 3FG) performance to go along with eight rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes of action. Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace notched 23 points to go along with four rebounds and six assists, and forward LaDontae Henton, who spent the 2016-17 season in Santa Cruz, scored 15 points and secured five rebounds.
The Clippers jumped out to a 6-0 start in a tightly contested first quarter, which featured 13 lead changes and ended with a narrow 26-23 Warriors lead. Despite Wilson’s 14 second quarter points on six-of-nine shooting, the Warriors pulled ahead 60-46 and never relinquished the lead thanks to Cleanthony Early’s seven-point scoring burst to end the half.
The Warriors opened the second half with a 20-4 run and held Agua Caliente to only 16 third-quarter points. Henton’s 13 fourth-quarter points brought the deficit to within 10, but Agua Caliente was not able to mount the comeback in time.
Tonight was Casey Hill’s first game coaching in Santa Cruz since joining the Clippers organization this past July. The 2015 NBA G League Champion received a standing ovation from the sellout Warriors crowd in the first quarter.
The Warriors will continue the team’s four-game homestand this Wednesday, November 15 against the Salt Lake City Stars, when the team will host Golden State Warriors Replica Ring Night at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2017-18 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.