Santa Cruz Warriors Clamp Down on Sioux Falls Skyforce 113-102 at Home Tonight
SANTA CRUZ, CA - The Santa Cruz Warriors (10-2) held one of the best offensive teams in the league to 39.3 percent shooting from the field, beating the Sioux Falls Skyforce (10-3) 113-102 tonight at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Skyforce, who claimed a league-best 114.7 offensive rating and a 121.5 per game average heading into tonight, were held to a season-low 102 points.
Two-way forward Damion Lee and reserve guard Kendrick Nunn led the Warriors with 28 points and five rebounds apiece tonight. Guard Will Cherry came close to a triple-double for the second consecutive game, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Warriors bench combined for 65 points tonight, including 13 from guard Antonius Cleveland.
The Skyforce were led by forward Yante Maten, who finished with a game-high 35 points and 13 rebounds in 41 minutes, his fifth consecutive double double. Guard Malik Newman added 25 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, filling in for thieving guard Briante Weber who suffered an ankle injury after collecting five steals in just 13 minutes.
Lee scored nine points in the first four minutes to help Santa Cruz survive a back-and-forth first quarter until a tip-in layup by forward Alen Smailagic at the buzzer gave the Warriors a 31-30 lead they would never relinquish. Despite Malik Newman's 15 point explosion in the second quarter, Santa Cruz held the rest of Sioux Falls to nine points in the period as they took a 62-54 halftime lead. The three-headed guard attack of Nunn, Cherry and Lee combined for 24 of the team's 31 points.
Sioux Falls kept the game within reach with an 8-2 run over a three minute stretch in the third period, including a dominating stretch by Maten, who had 11 points in the quarter. However, Santa Cruz's dynamic bench scored 19 of the team's 23 points, including seven points from Cleveland, giving the Warriors a narrow 85-82 lead after three.
Despite bringing the lead down to two points early in the fourth quarter, Nunn helped build the lead back up to double digits with 13 points, counteracting Maten's 11 points and four rebounds (three offensive) in the closing frame. Santa Cruz ended the game with a 53-38 rebounding advantage and held the Skyforce to 7-of-36 from three (19.4 3FG%), a team that came into the night ranked first in the G League in three point percentage (38.4 3FG%).
The Warriors will now continue their three-games-in-four-nights stretch with a matchup against the South Bay Lakers on Friday night in El Segundo. The team will then return home the following day to face the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday, December 8 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.
• Discuss this story on the NBA G League message board...
NBA G League Stories from December 6, 2018
- Balanced Blue Takes Down Red Claws - Oklahoma City Blue
- Charge Enjoy Record-Breaking Victory - Canton Charge
- Blue Run Past Red Claws - Maine Red Claws
- Hustle Face Another Three Games in Four Days Gauntlet - Memphis Hustle
- New Orleans Pelicans Recall Kenrich Williams from Westchester - Westchester Knicks
- Lakeland Magic Waive Byron Mullens - Lakeland Magic
- Princess Night December 15 - Salt Lake City Stars
- Buster's Birthday December 13 - Salt Lake City Stars
- Brown Jr. and White Assigned to Go-Go, Randle Reacquired - Capital City Go-Go
- Los Angeles Lakers Recall Isaac Bonga from South Bay - South Bay Lakers
- Atlanta Hawks Assign Daniel Hamilton to Erie BayHawks of NBA G League - Erie BayHawks
- Santa Cruz Warriors Clamp Down on Sioux Falls Skyforce 113-102 at Home Tonight - Santa Cruz Warriors
- Maten, Skyforce Fall 113-102 to Warriors - Sioux Falls Skyforce
- Clippers Rally Back, Fall Short to Vipers - Agua Caliente Clippers
- Vipers Heat up against the Clippers of Ontario - Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- Jackson Shines in Debut against Stars - Texas Legends
- Stars Earn Comeback Win in Texas - Salt Lake City Stars
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Santa Cruz Warriors Stories
- Golden State Warriors Recall Guard Jacob Evans III from Santa Cruz
- Santa Cruz Warriors Conclude 2018-19 Season with Defeat to Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 144-125
- Santa Cruz Warriors Advance to Western Conference Finals, Beat the Blue 117-102
- Golden State Warriors Assign Guard Jacob Evans III to Santa Cruz
- Warriors Beat Agua Caliente Clippers 113-109, Match Best Record in NBA G League