WARRIORS CONCEDE FIRST GAME OF WEEKEND SERIES TO TEXAS
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (25-19) fell to the Texas Legends (23-20) 120-107 on Friday night in front of a twenty-eighth consecutive sellout crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Damian Jones, on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, led Santa Cruz with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Scott Wood contributed 18 points, while LaDontae Henton came off the bench to add 14 points and 9 rebounds. Kevon Looney, also on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 7 rebounds.
The Legends were paced by Pierre Jackson who was one assist shy of a triple-double, contributing 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists. Jameel Warney (24 points, 13 rebounds) and Stephane Lasme (13 points, 12 rebounds) also notched double-doubles for Texas.
The opening period saw a balanced team-scoring effort with four players for Santa Cruz ending the frame with 6 points en route to an 8-point lead to start the second period.
The Warriors extended their lead to 13 points, the largest lead of the night for the hosts, by the 10:35 mark in the second period off an 18-ft jump-shot from Damian Jones. Texas would chip away at their deficit in the remainder of the frame to enter the break trailing by 7 points.
The Legends would claim their first lead of the night midway through the third quarter, fueled by Ben Gordon’s 9 points in the first 7 minutes out of the break. Texas would ultimately outscore Santa Cruz 43-22, which would mark the most points allowed by the hosts in the third frame this season. A 17-4 run in the final four minutes of the quarter would give the Legends a 14-point lead to start the final frame.
Santa Cruz fought to rally back in the final minutes, but a seven-point gap is the closest the Legends would allow the hosts, holding them to 36.4% shooting in the frame.
The Santa Cruz Warriors host the Texas Legends again tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. PST at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Fans can catch the game the game on Facebook Live by visiting the Santa Cruz Warriors’ Facebook page at tip-off. Tickets are still available to attend the game and can be purchased at the Santa Cruz Warriors’ headquarters at 903 Pacific Avenue, online at www.santacruzbasketball.com or over the phone at (831) 713-4400.