Santa Cruz Warriors Lose 111-107 to Austin Spurs at Kaiser Permanente Arena
SANTA CRUZ, CA - The Santa Cruz Warriors (31-15) couldn't sustain their double-digit lead in the second half, falling to the Austin Spurs (19-27) tonight at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Warriors will now travel to play the South Bay Lakers, with a win securing the Pacific Division title for just the second time in franchise history.
Warriors forward Marcus Derrickson led the team with 21 points, including a season-best 9-of-9 from the free throw line, to go with four rebounds. Six Sea Dubs finished in double figures tonight, including guard Darius Morris with 18 points and guard Will Cherry with 10 points and four steals off the bench.
Spurs guard Travis Trice II led both teams with 32 points and 11 assists in 38 minutes of action. Guard John Holland added 26 points and eight rebounds tonight, and big man DeJuan Blair notched 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists off the bench.
The Warriors opened the night with a 12-7 lead thanks to back-to-back threes from Derrickson and Morris to force a timeout. However, John Holland ended the flawless first quarter with 13 points (3-of-3 FG, 2 threes, 5-of-5 FT) to help Austin to a 31-25 first quarter lead.
Marcus Derrickson took control of the game in the second quarter by scoring 10 points, most by way of 7-of-7 from the free throw line, as the Warriors outscored the Spurs 30-21 in the period to take a narrow 55-52 halftime lead.
Santa Cruz's Juan Toscano Anderson made his presence felt in the third quarter, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in the period to spark an 8-0 run, giving the Sea Dubs a 73-62 lead. Despite an Austin run to tie the game at 79, Will Cherry's steal and dunk fired up the crowd and helped the Sea Dubs to an 8-0 run to give the Warriors an 87-79 lead going into the final period.
Trice II started the third quarter with five points and two assists as Austin went on an 8-2 run. A back-and-forth fourth quarter gave the Spurs a two-point lead with five minutes remaining. Despite a Juan Toscano-Anderson dunk to tie the game at 99, Austin escaped with the win thanks to Trice II scoring the final seven points of the evening.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will now travel to Southern California to face the South Bay Lakers on Monday, March 18 (tip-off 7:00 p.m. PST, Facebook Live). The team will then conclude the 2018-19 regular season with a three-game homestand, starting Wednesday, March 20 against the Capital City Go-Go. The first 1,500 fans in attendance that night will receive a Warriors water bottle, courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. For tickets to Wednesday's water bottle giveaway and for all Warriors home games, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.
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