The Santa Cruz Warriors lose 134-109 to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in El Segundo.
The Santa Cruz Warriors (2-2) unfortunately suffered yet another gut wrenching loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders (3-1) on Saturday night, losing 134-109 on the road at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
Assigned to the Sea Dubs via the Los Angeles Clippers, Diamond Stone had a monster night, leading all scorers with 31 points in 24 minutes of play. Stone also notched nine rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
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Phil Pressey tallied 21 points on the night, adding in three rebounds and eight assists. Cameron Jones dropped in 20 points, three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals on 6-for-13 shooting (8-for-9 FT), while Elgin Cook continued to impress with 15 points, four rebounds, and two steals (5-for-5 FT).
Vander Blue paced the D-Fenders for 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting. He once again displayed why he’s one of the top prospects in the D-League, sporting a diverse state line that included six boards, four dimes, and two steals.
Travis Wear contributed 23 points and seven rebounds for the D-Fenders, while Justin Harper and and Josh Magette each had 19 points. Magette was incredible in his role as main facilitator, adding in 17 assists to notch a double-double. Roscoe Smith had 15 points and eight rebounds, Troy Devries accounted for 11 points, and guard David Nwaba nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Santa Cruz started the game with a 29-28 first quarter lead before LA began to pull away in the second quarter. While the Warriors were able to start the second with a 9-1 run, things got out of hand rather quickly after that, as LA quickly got themselves back in with a number of smart shots and easy points at the charity stripe. The D-Fenders went into halftime with a 69-51 lead after outscoring the Warriors 44-22.
LA refused to give any ground in the third quarter, keeping their 18-point lead heading into the fourth. Diamond Stone’s 11-point push late in the quarter was squandered as Los Angeles continued to run away with the game, closing out the game with a 36-29 fourth quarter.