Des Moines, Iowa – Melo Trimble tied a game-high, finishing with 26 points and two assists, but his effort was null as the South Bay Lakers (8-1) defeated the Iowa Wolves (2-6) 113-92 Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Despite gaining the advantage against South Bay in points in the paint (52-48) and second chance points (12-2), the Wolves were outmatched as the Lakers shot 50% (43-86) from the field and 50% from deep (17-34).
Perry Jones III produced a season-high 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor and added nine rebounds in the team’s loss.
Joining the active roster for the Wolves after competing for Team USA in the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, Elijah Millsap recorded 14 points and six rebounds as a starter for this evening’s matchup. Team USA teammate Amile Jefferson put up six points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action off the bench for Iowa.
Leading South Bay 27-25 after the first quarter, the Wolves would be outscored by the Lakers 88-65 the rest of the way.
On assignment from the Los Angeles Lakers, center Thomas Bryant led the way for South Bay, scoring 26 points on 9-of-16 from the field, including a game-high six three-pointers made (6-of-9).
South Bay’s bench outscored Iowa 47-16 and was paced by Stephaun Branch’s 21 points.