D-Fenders Fall to Warriors in Ontario, CA
Los Angeles (8-18) was led by Vander Blue, who tallied 34 points on 13-of-25 field-goal attempts, while grabbing three rebounds and handing out three assists. Jabari Brown eclipsed the 20-point plateau with 26 points and five assists. Andre Ingram scored 13 points, while Roscoe Smith recorded his league-leading 19th double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Maurice Baker and Dominique Sutton paced the Warriors (14-9) with 21 points apiece. Ronald Roberts (20 points, eight rebounds), Mychel Thompson (19 points), Anthony Vereen (16 points, eight rebounds), Milos Millisavljevic (15 points) and Kiwi Gardner (11 points, six assists) all reached double-figures for the Warriors.
The D-Fenders were outscored 30-26 in the first quarter, with Blue leading Los Angeles with 10 points, followed by Brown with seven. A well-balanced scoring display was the theme throughout for Santa Cruz, who had seven guys score in the first quarter. The second quarter was a similar story, with Santa Cruz outscoring Los Angeles 39-26 in the quarter. Brown had 10 points in the second for the D-Fenders, while Santa Cruz was led by Thompson with 10 and Sutton with nine. Los Angeles went into the halftime break trailing 69-52.
The third quarter was a similar story. Los Angeles would tally 23 points in the quarter, compared to 31 for Santa Cruz. Roberts came off the bench to lead the Warriors with nine points, while Blue lead the D-Fenders with nine of his own. Los Angeles entered the final frame down 100-75. The D-Fenders were outscored 38-28 in the fourth quarter. Baker scored 18 points in the quarter for Santa Cruz, while Vereen added 12. Blue led the D-Fenders with seven points, followed by Ingram and Brown with six each. Santa Cruz led this one wire-to-wire, finishing with a 138-103 victory.
Los Angeles was outrebounded 54-38. Santa Cruz recorded 84 points in the paint compared to 48 for the D-Fenders. The D-Fenders shot .440 on the night, while the Warriors finished at .559. Seven Warriors scored in double figures, compared to just four D-Fenders. Santa Cruz tallied 58 bench points, while Los Angeles finished with 20.
The D-Fenders head to Reno, NV on January 24th to face the Bighorns at 7:00pm PT.
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