SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (16-12) fell to the visiting Reno Bighorns (15-11) tonight at Kaiser Permanente Arena, 112-117. The fast-paced affair featured a season-high 16 ties, 46 combined fast break points and 55 total assists.
Two-way guard Quinn Cook led both teams with 26 points to go along with 9 assists, while forward Terrence Jones added 18 points (7-12 FG) off the bench. Two-way forward Chris Boucher, making his professional debut, finished with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 3 blocks in 15 minutes of play.
The Bighorns were led by two-way forward JaKarr Sampson’s 22 points (10-21 FG) and 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Six Reno players scored in double digits tonight, including a 19 point, 8 assist, 5 rebound performance by reserve guard David Stockton. Reno passed Santa Cruz in the Pacific Division standings with tonight’s win, and are now approaching the South Bay Lakers (16-11) for the division lead.
The Warriors had a high octane opening period with 10 fast break points, including guard Alex Hamilton’s 8 points (4-5 FG). Reno was bolstered in the second quarter by 27 bench points, with Stockton, Will Davis and Mike Bethea Jr. scoring 8 apiece. In the second half, Reno center Jack Cooley dominated the glass with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 7 free throws, while the Warriors committed 17 turnovers through three quarters. Despite 14 fourth quarter points (7-8 FG) from Cook, Reno’s near-perfect free throw shooting (17-18) in the final period helped them secure the win.
Santa Cruz will continue their six-game homestand with back-to-back games this Friday, January 19 against the Iowa Wolves (14-11) and Saturday, January 20 against the Agua Caliente Clippers (14-13). The first 1,500 fans in attendance Friday night will receive touchscreen gloves, powered by Plantronics. Saturday’s game is Watsonville Community Jersey Night, with the first 1,500 fans in attendance receiving a Warriors rally towel and a postgame jersey auction benefitting Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Tickets for both games are still available atsantacruzbasketball.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.