SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors (1-2) fell to the Oklahoma City Blue (2-0), 102-124, on Wednesday afternoon, in the first of back-to-back games.
Oklahoma, led primarily by guard Jahmi’us Ramsey with 8 points, got out to a strong start enabling the Blue to build a 23-41 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Sea Dubs rallied around each other, resulting in four players scoring four points in the first quarter.
With 14 points from forward Eugene Omoruyi and 11 points from Ramsey, a strong offense gave Oklahoma the lead over Santa Cruz, taking a 45-70 lead at the half. The Sea Dubs offense struggled with 16 turnovers at the half, trailing 30 points and shooting 36.5 percent from the field. Santa Cruz’s defense struggled giving up 14 fast-break points in the first half.
Forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. hit a 3-point from behind the arch off a turnover for a positive start to the second half for Santa Cruz. The contest remained competitive throughout the rest of the game as the Sea Dubs fought back tying the contest at 30 in the 3rd quarter. With 22.5 seconds remaining of the fourth quarter, Gui Santos blocked a shot off Adam Mokoka, assisting Zeke Moore to score the Sea Dubs’ final two points. Guard Pat Spencer led in scoring with seven points, winning 27-23 points in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma’s strong offensive performance scored 26 points total off of 26 turnovers by the Sea Dubs, securing the victory, 102-124.
Spencer secured a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Robinson and Baldwin Jr. tied with 15 points scored, with Baldwin Jr. taking the lead in rebounds with five total. Hannahs had a strong performance off the bench adding 14 points.
Omoruyi led both teams with 27 points and added four rebounds. Ramsey added 23 points and seven rebounds and forward Ousmane Dieng finished with 20 points and five rebounds.
Santa Cruz is back in action tomorrow night for a rematch with the Oklahoma City Blue at 5 p.m. PST at Paycom Center. For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors, visitsantacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.