SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (December 8, 2021) — The South Bay Lakers raced out to an early lead and used a red-hot shooting night to defeat the Salt Lake City Stars 139-120 on Wednesday night at Bruin Arena.
Mason Jones led all scoring with 30 points on 9-13 from the floor and 4-5 from behind the three-point line. Paris Bass added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Mac McClung scored 17 points to go with 10 assists for a Lakers team that saw nine players score in double figures.
The Stars were led by Carsen Edwards who scored 27 points while Derrick Alston Jr. and Jared Wilson-Frame added 20 points each.
The Stars struggled to overcome a first quarter avalanche by the Lakers who shot 70.8 percent (17-24 FGA and 7-10 3PA) from the floor on their way to a 44-17 lead heading into the second quarter.
Both teams were neck and neck the rest of the way as the Stars outscored the Lakers 103-95 through the final three quarters, but the first quarter deficit proved to be too much to overcome for Salt Lake City.
The Stars will hit the road to battle the G League Ignite on Monday, Dec 13 and again on Wednesday, Dec 15 at 8 p.m. at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas to close out the NBA G League Showcase Cup tournament play.
Following their matchups with the Ignite, the Stars will stay in Las Vegas for the NBA G League Showcase Cup Dec. 19-23. The team will return home for two games against the Agua Caliente Clippers on Monday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec 29 at 7 p.m. at Bruin Arena at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville.
South Bay leaves Salt Lake City and will head to Stockton for two games against the Stockton Kings.
Tickets for both Stars games against the Agua Caliente Clippers on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 can be purchased at www.slcstars.com or by phone (via call or text) at (801) 325-STAR (7827).