EL SEGUNDO, CA –The Santa Cruz Warriors (10-3) held a four-point lead over the South Bay Lakers (7-8) with less than a minute remaining until Lakers guard Andre Ingram scored the final five points to give South Bay the win, 120-119.
Despite Santa Cruz shooting 53.0 percent from the field (44-of-83 FG) and securing a season-high 17 steals tonight, they were outdone by South Bay’s 56.5 percent shooting (35-of-62 FG), including 11-of-23 from behind the arc (47.8 3FG%).
Reserve guard Kendrick Nunn logged 22 points, his fifth consecutive 20-point game, with a team-high of four made three-pointers. Two-way guard Damion Lee scored 18 points and logged six rebounds, while guard Antonius Cleveland scored 20 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists.
South Bay forward Travis Wear led the Lakers with 27 points on 9-of-16 from the field (4-of-9 from three) along with seven rebounds. Reserve guard Scott Machadoscored 25 points to go with a team-high ten assists, while Ingram reached 24 points on 9-of-12 from the field, featuring a blistering 6-of-7 from deep.
Wear played the entire first quarter and scored 15 points, leading South Bay to a 37-32 lead after the period. Those 37 were the most points the Santa Cruz Warriors have given up in the first frame this season. The Warriors then went on an 11-2 run in the second period, with all points scored by Lee (7 points) and Cleveland (4 points) to get the score to within two points, 60-58 at halftime.
Santa Cruz then went on a 9-0 run in the third to take their first lead (69-67) since the game’s opening minute. Cleveland scored 10 points in the period and reserve guard,Kendrick Nunn, poured in seven, but South Bay guard, Andre Ingram, hit two straight threes to regain the lead and keep their third quarter advantage at 91-87.
Santa Cruz took advantage of nine turnovers by the Lakers to take control and lead by as much as six points in the fourth quarter, including three of Nunn’s 11 fourth quarter points coming with a three with 2:03 remaining. However, the Warriors wouldn’t score another basket for the rest of the game, opening the door for Ingram’s transition three-pointer with less than a minute and a pull-up 15-footer with two seconds remaining securing the Lakers win.
The Warriors will conclude their three-games-in-four-nights stretch tomorrow night against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at Kaiser Permanente Arena (NBC Sports Bay Area PLUS, NBC Sports My Teams App). For information on tickets for Saturday night and for all Santa Cruz Warriors home games, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.