Santa Cruz Warriors Fall to Windy City Bulls, 118-83
SANTA CRUZ, CA - The Santa Cruz Warriors (6-7) lost 118-83 to the Windy City Bulls (6-5) Sunday night in Santa Cruz in front of 2,476 fans, the 82nd consecutive sell-out at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Five Sea Dubs scored in double figures, with Juan Toscano-Anderson leading the way with 18 points (one shy of his G League career-high) and eight rebounds. Alen Smailagic, on assignment from Golden State, recorded his first double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Pargo had 14 points and four assists, while D.J. Johnson added 10 points and seven rebounds and Vander Blue contributed 10 points and three rebounds.
Windy City was led by Milton Doyle, who finished with 23 points and six assists. Bol Bol, on a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets, added 21 points, six rebounds and five blocks, while Simi Shittu had 16 points and seven rebounds. Doyle, Boyle and Shittu all came off the bench to lead the Windy City reserve unit to 74 points.
Windy City connected on 51 percent of its field goal attempts and shot 33 percent (13-of-39) from beyond the arc while Santa Cruz shot 38 percent from the field (34-of-89) and just 16 percent (6-of-37) from 3-point range. Windy City outrebounded Santa Cruz 51-39 and forced 22 Warriors turnovers, which led to 31 points. The Bulls also dished out 34 assists on 47 made baskets, while Santa Cruz had 19 assists as a team.
Both teams struggled out of the gates offensively, with Windy City taking a 20-15 lead into the second quarter after ending the first period on a 7-2 spurt. Santa Cruz took a 4-0 lead early on but Windy City countered with an 8-2 run and never relinquished the lead.
Santa Cruz kept it close throughout the second quarter, staying within five points on multiple occasions, and trailed 47-37 at halftime. Windy City put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 43-25 in the period to take a 90-62 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulls led by as many as 37 points in the fourth quarter before closing out the 35-point win. The 35-point defeat was the largest home loss in franchise history, eclipsing a 131-100 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Mar. 1, 2013.
The Warriors head back out on the road to face the South Bay Lakers (6-5) Tuesday night at 7 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Bay Area.
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