GREENSBORO, N.C. — In front of a sold out Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the Swarm fell, 116-102, to the Santa Cruz Warriors in the second game of its back-to-back on Saturday night. The defeat moves the Swarm to an 8-16 record.
The Warriors’ starting five all scored in double figures, led by guard Quinn Cook’s 22 points. Forward Georges Niang had 21 points while guard Damion Lee (14 points, 11 rebounds) and center Damian Jones (14 points, 10 rebounds) each had a double-double. Forward Winston Shepard had 17 points off the bench.
The game had a quick pace in the first half, with both teams recording 35-point first quarters. That trend continued in the second quarter as Santa Cruz (15-10) entered intermission with a 67-58 edge and both teams shooting over 50 percent.
However, it was a troublesome third quarter that allowed Santa Cruz to break the game open. The Warriors outscored the Swarm, 27-14, in the frame with 14 of those points coming from reserves. Santa Cruz’s defense held Greensboro to just 6-of-20 shooting in those 12 minutes.
Swarm guard Cat Barber led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Barber led the Swarm in scoring in the first game of the back-to-back, notching 18 points against the Delaware 87ers. Also with 20-plus points was Sam Thompson off the bench. His 21 points was a career-high to go with six rebounds.
Center Mangok Mathiang recorded his seventh double-double of the season — 16 points, 11 rebounds. Mathiang has four double-doubles in six of his last games with the Swarm. Guard Terry Henderson had 14 points, including three triples in the first quarter. Guard Marcus Paige had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists.