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Game Preview: No. 6 South Bay Lakers at No. 2 Reno Bighorns

By Alex Busch | April 2, 2018

Meet the No. 2 Reno Bighorns

NBA Affiliate: Sacramento Kings
Regular Season Record: 29-12
Key Stat: 34.7 defensive rebounds per game (2nd in NBA G League)

Meet the No. 6 South Bay Lakers

NBA Affiliate: Los Angeles Lakers
Regular Season Record: 28-22
Key Stat: 38.7 3-point percentage (3rd in NBA G League)

SEASON SERIES: Reno wins 3-1

Game 1: South Bay 128, Reno 117

Top scorers

Alex Caruso (SBL): 28 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists

David Stockton (RNO): 30 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists

Game 2: Reno 133, South Bay 100

Top scorers

Aaron Harrison (RNO): 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Thomas Bryant (SBL): 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks

Game 3: Reno 113, South Bay 110

Top scorers

Matt Jones (RNO): 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals

Scott Machado (SBL): 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists

Game 4: Reno 135, South Bay 124

Top scorers

Aaron Harrison (RNO): 29 points, 6 3PM

Alex Caruso (SBL): 35 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists

 

How They Got Here

Reno Bighorns: Despite a tough start to the season, the Bighorns put together a stretch during December and January where they won 12 of 13 games, leading them towards the top of the Western Conference. Although star prospects Aaron Harrison and David Stockton received Gatorade call-ups to the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz, respectively, Reno was able to hold onto the No. 2 seed and earn a well-deserved first round bye in the Playoffs.

Two-way players Jack Cooley (17.7 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game) and JaKarr Sampson (17.9 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game) have helped lead the Bighorns during the regular season, and will be two players to watch for during the postseason.

South Bay Lakers: Led by the dynamic play from two-way player Alex Caruso (19.0 points per game, 7.8 assists per game), the South Bay Lakers found themselves making the NBA G League Playoffs as the final team in the Western Conference.

Although two-way players Caruso and Gary Payton II have led the Lakers throughout the season, assignee Thomas Bryant has displayed his abilities game in and game out when assigned to South Bay, throwing down thunderous jams throughout the year. At point guard, Scott Machado has become a reliable option for South Bay as well, finishing fourth in the league with 8.6 assists per game.

 

Players To Watch

Reno Bighorns

Jack Cooley

JaKarr Sampson

Marcus Williams

South Bay Lakers

Alex Caruso

Gary Payton II

Scott Machado

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