PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — The South Bay Lakers went back-and-forth in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell to the Northern Arizona Suns, 130-126, on Wednesday night. Travis Wear scored a team-high 25 points for South Bay (14-24) and Jemerrio Jones nearly grabbed a triple-double with nine points, nine assists and 13 rebounds. Jawun Evans and George King each scored 28 points for the Suns (9-31) as they grabbed the win.
Northern Arizona took a 10-point lead after one, 39-29, behind a 14-point outing from Evans and 11 points from De’Anthony Melton. The Lakers battled back in the second quarter, as Derrick Griffin Jr. scored seven points in the period, but the Suns still led by eight, 71-63, at the half.
Wear and Marcus Allen combined for 17 points in the third quarter, but the Suns still led by seven, 99-92, going into the final frame. South Bay put up a valiant effort in the fourth, led by eight points from Scott Machado, but Northern Arizona was able to close out the victory.
A combined 56 points from Evans and King paced the Suns while Melton added 26 points. Retin Obasohan tallied a 15-point, 10-assist double-double as Aaron Epps and Peter Jok scored 13 points apiece for the Suns.
Wear finished with 25 points as he shot 7-13 from beyond the arc and Jones’ near triple-double provided a nice spark off the bench. Machado tallied 21 points and Griffin Jr. recorded 16 points and seven rebounds. Allen, Isaac Bonga and Justin Harper all finished with 12 points and Jeffrey Carroll also scored in double figures with 14 points off the bench.