OAKLAND, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors welcomed over 15,000 fans tonight to Oracle Arena, the home court of their NBA affiliate Golden State Warriors, for a Western Conference matchup against the Austin Spurs. Despite a 28 point, 9 assist night from two-way guard Quinn Cook and a late fourth quarter rally, the Warriors fell to the Spurs 97-105 in regulation.
Austin was able to control the pace of play for most of the night, holding Santa Cruz to only 77 field goal attempts, their fewest shots in 11 games, and dominating the glass with a +14 rebounding advantage (47-33).
The Warriors once again got off to a fast start in the first quarter, hitting 68.4% of their shots thanks to Cook’s perfect 5-for-5 shooting for 11 points to help build a 30-22 lead. The Spurs then opened the second quarter by rolling off 12 straight points and dominated the offensive glass 14-6 to take a narrow halftime lead, 51-47.
After a low scoring third quarter, Spurs guard Nick Johnson took over in the fourth with 13 points and 2 assists to led an 18-6 run that occurred while the Warriors were within a point. Despite a late 8-0 Sea Dubs rally that brought the score to within five with a minute remaining, the Spurs held on by ending the game 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Warriors center Damian Jones, who was assigned by the Golden State Warriors earlier in the day, scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with blocked two shots. Guard Damion Lee scored all of his 15 points in the second half to keep the game close, and two-way forward Chris Boucher delivered 12 points and 8 rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
The Austin Spurs were led by Johnson’s 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and forward Jaron Blossomgame had the game’s only double-double with 11 points and a 12 rebounds. Center Livio-Jean Charles dominated in his 20 minutes of action, scoring 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and nabbing 8 rebounds, 4 of which were on the offensive glass.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will host the final game of their six-game Northern California home stand on Wednesday night as they take on the Maine Red Claws (16-15) at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tickets for Wednesday’s game are still available by visiting santacruzbasketball.com/tickets, calling (831) 713-4400 or stopping by the Santa Cruz Warriors Front Office at 903 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors 2017-18 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, please visit www.santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.