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South Bay Lakers Fall at Home, 118-107

March 29, 2024 - NBA G League (G League)
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EL SEGUNDO - The South Bay Lakers fell to the Mexico City Capitanes by a 118-07 final tally Friday evening at UCLA Health Training Center, bringing their NBA G League regular season record to 18-15. Bryce Hamilton paced South Bay in scoring with 35. Ethan Thompson led the way for Mexico City (18-15) with 27.

The Lakers got off to a slow start, digging themselves an early 11-point deficit in the first frame. South Bay continued to struggle for most of the quarter. Bryce Hamilton and Joirdon Nicholas led the Lakers with six in the period, the Lakers trailed 17-35 after one.

The second quarter followed a similar pattern to the first, with South Bay still struggling to find any sort of rhythm. Capitanes forward Malique Lewis led the way at the half with 14 points and eight rebounds. Hamilton scored 12 in the half for the Lakers, who trailed by at the break, 38-56.

South Bay came out with energy and intensity to start the second half, stringing together some stops and converting on the offensive end. A 10-0 Laker run cut the deficit down to 10 with two minutes remaining in the quarter. South Bay trailed 77-89 going into final frame. The Lakers continued to battle all the way through the final quarter, refusing to let go of the rope. The deficit was cut to single digits briefly, but the hole proved was too big to dig out of as South Bay eventually fell, 118-107.

Hamilton finished with 35 points, six rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 43 minutes, while Joirdon Nicholas added a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. Damion Baugh tallied 19 points to go along with 10 boards, two assists and two steals.

For the Capitanes, Thompson registered 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out six assists, while Phillip Wheeler posted 18 points, brought down 10 rebounds and shelled out two assists.

Up next, South Bay will face off in a rematch against the Capitanes in the regular season finale on Saturday, March 30, at 5 p.m. PT at the UCLA Health Training Center.

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