SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors (22-17) defeated the Reno Bighorns (13-26) 114-107 on Saturday night in front of a twenty-fifth consecutive sellout crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Scott Wood led the Warriors with 26 points and 5 rebounds, while Phil Pressey notched a double-double with 25 points and 13 assists to go with 5 rebounds. Damian Jones, on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench.
The Bighorns were paced by Isaiah Cousins who led all scorers with 28 points. David Stockton contributed 24 points and 8 assists, while Kendall Marshall notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists.
The Warriors got off to a red-hot start, shooting 90% from the field to take a four-point edge by the first timeout in the opening frame. Santa Cruz would cap the frame with a 56% team shooting effort en route to outscoring the visitors 33-28 in the period. Scott Wood powered the offense, scoring 12 of his 26 points off 5-of-6 shooting from the field in the first.
The Warriors defense limited the Bighorns to a 28.6% team shooting effort in the second frame. A jump-shot from Damian Jones with 1:36 remaining in the half would boost the Warriors’ lead to 17 points, their largest advantage of the night. Santa Cruz held a 63-50 lead heading into the break.
Reno outscored Santa Cruz 36-26 in the third frame behind a 61.5% team shooting effort. A 16-5 run in the final 4 minutes of the period tied the game for the first time since the opening quarter, though Reno would fall short of taking the lead from the Warriors and trail by 3 to enter the final frame.
The Bighorns would remain within striking distance of the Warriors, keeping their deficit within single-digits. A three-pointer from David Stockton at the 4:55 mark would pull the opponents within two points. Phil Pressey would score 8 of the Warriors’ 11 ensuing points to finish the frame, securing the victory and evening the season series against Reno 2-2.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will host Raptors 905 on Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 7:00 p.m. PST at Kaiser Permanente Arena. 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. Fans can also catch the game on Facebook Live by visiting the Santa Cruz Warriors’ Facebook page at tip-off.