Warriors Dropped by Bakersfield
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Santa Cruz Warriors were defeated at home by the Bakersfield Jam 102-89 Tuesday night.
The Warriors were paced by Elliot Williams in his first game back with the team after playing for the Utah Jazz on two consecutive 10-day contracts. Williams had 18 points and 6 assists, while Taylor Griffin added 14 points and 9 rebounds. Ognjen Kuzmic, currently on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Bakersfield was led by Joe Jackson who had a game-high 31 points and 7 rebounds. Casey Prather tallied 20 points and 5 rebounds, while Jamil Wilson added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Jam.
The first half of the game saw Bakersfield outshoot Santa Cruz (55%-39%), with no players from the Warriors scoring in double-figures. The Jam's greatest lead was as many as 22 points in the second quarter, heading into the break still edging Santa Cruz by 15.
The Warriors came back determined to eclipse the Jam's lead. A three-pointer from Mychel Thompson would bring the Warriors within 9, slashing Bakersfield's double-digit lead with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
To begin the fourth quarter, the Warriors cut the Jam lead to 7 points, coming within 5 points early in the period. A resounding dunk from Bakersfield's Joe Jackson would push the Jam's lead by to double-digits, and finished strong on both ends of the floor to secure their fifth straight victory.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will travel to Reno to take on the Bighorns in a weekend double-header tipping off at 7:00 p.m. Pacific on Friday. Fans can listen to the broadcast on the Santa Cruz Warriors flagship station, KION 1460AM/101.1FM, or catch the game on the NBA D-League's YouTube channel, via www.santacruzbasketball.com.
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