SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points off the bench to help the Santa Cruz Warriors (6-0) remain undefeated with a 97-91 win over the South Bay Lakers on Friday night.
Johnathan Williams paced the Lakers (1-5) with 20 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.
Santa Cruz took a slight 24-23 lead after the first quarter as Darius Morris scored eight points in the frame. Scott Machado and Williams combined for 12 points in the period to keep the Lakers close. The Warriors took a 52-41 halftime lead behind nine points in the second from Nunn.
South Bay stormed back in the third quarter to take a 67-65 lead heading into the final quarter. Williams tallied 10 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers held the Warriors to 25.0 percent from the field in the frame. However, the Warriors took control in the fourth as their reserves scored 20 points to put the game away.
Nunn’s game-high 22 points guided the Warriors to the win while Morris (19 points, 11 assists) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (10 points, 10 rebounds) each grabbed double-doubles for Santa Cruz. Alen Smailagic tallied 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks and Antonius Cleveland also scored in double figures with 15 points.
A second straight double-double from Williams wasn’t enough for the Lakers, who shot only 2-of-16 from beyond the arc in the loss. Allen scored 12 points in his first career start and Machado posted a near double-double himself with 10 points and nine assists. Isaac Bonga also scored in double digits with 13 points.