–Alston Jr., Edwards and Wilson-Frame Combine for 75 Points for Stars–
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Stars (1-2) were red-hot from the field, shooting 53.4 percent, en route to a 135-125 victory over the South Bay Lakers (1-1) on Friday night.
After falling behind by 12 early in the first, the Stars locked-in defensively with deflected passes and blocked shots that led to easy transition buckets. The Stars took the lead from the Lakers 32-30 to end the first period and never looked back.
Carsen Edwards led the Stars with 27 points and five assists, Derrick Alston Jr. added 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Jared Wilson-Frame chipped in with 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists for Salt Lake City.
Gerard Tarin was a monster in the key on his way to 15 points, 14 of which were scored in the paint.
Rayvonte Rice introduced himself to the Salt Lake City crowd with an enchanted performance on “Princess Night Presented by Nu Skin” at Bruin Arena. The newest Star debuted with 14 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting.
Mason Jones had a career night, leading the Lakers with 42 points, 16 rebounds and four assists, including 18 points in the final frame. Jones used a driving layup to give the Lakers momentum and cut the Stars lead to seven with 2:06 left to play.
The nervousness in the crowd quickly faded as the Stars answered the bell and closed out the Lakers to earn their first win of the 2021-22 NBA G League regular season.
Cameron Oliver chipped in with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Pierre Jackson added 20 points, five rebounds and 10 assists off the bench for the Lakers.
The Stars will hit the road for a quick one-game trip to battle the Birmingham Squadron on Sunday afternoon. The 1 p.m. matinee game will air on NBATV.
The Stars will host the Memphis Hustle at Bruin Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday night next week. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.