Santa Cruz Warriors Steal Game v. Northern Arizona Suns
Santa Cruz Warriors stole a win on the road against the Northern Arizona Suns on Wednesday.
The Santa Cruz Warriors (5-7) left the Prescott Valley Event Center victorious Wednesday night after a 107-93 win over the Northern Arizona Suns (10-2), snapping the Suns’ seven-game winning streak and handing Northern Arizona their first loss at home this season.
Scott Wood led all scorers with 22 points (6-11 FG, 5-11 3P, 5-5 FT), adding in six rebounds on the night. Cameron Jones had 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting, while Alex Hamilton posted 17 points (6-8 FG, 5-8 FT), eight rebounds, and five assists off the bench. Newcomer James Southerland had 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 3P) in his first game with Santa Cruz, and both Mychel Thompson and Elgin Cook contributed 10 points a piece.
Phoenix Suns assignee Alan Williams led the scoring effort for the Suns, posting 20 points to go with his nine rebounds. Elijah Millsap had 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals, while Tyler Ulis tallied 13 points, five rebounds, nine assists, and three steals. 13 seemed to be a not-so-lucky number for the Suns on Wednesday, as Derrick Jones Jr. also had 13 points in the loss to the Warriors. Xavier Silas added 12 points.
The game started out competitive as both teams worked to keep it close coming out of the opening segment, but a 27-14 second quarter had Santa Cruz going into halftime with a huge 16-point lead.
Santa Cruz shot 11-for-22 (50%) from the field in the second quarter, holding the Suns to just 6-for-29 (20.7%) shooting. Scott Wood led the way with 16 points heading into the locker room, and Cameron Jones had 13 points after an 8-point explosion (4-7 FG) in the second.
Suns assignee Alan Williams led the comeback effort coming out of halftime, posting 13 points and four rebounds on 5-for-8 (62.5%) shooting. The Warriors allowed the Suns to shoot an amazing 13-for-22 (59.1%) from the field in the third quarter, which brought the game to within five going into the fourth.
The Warriors started the final segment of the game with a 7-2 run, shifting the momentum back in their favor. Every Suns shot was seemingly answered with two Warriors baskets, eventually leading to a 25-16 fourth quarter for the Surf City Sea Dubs.
The Santa Cruz Warriors are currently on a 3-game winning streak after their game in Prescott Valley. The team will now head back to Kaiser Permanente Arena for a Friday night matchup in what could possibly end up being a revenge game for the Northern Arizona Suns.
The first 1,500 fans in the door will have the chance to receive a Santa Cruz Warriors “Ugly Sweater” t-shirt courtesy of New Bohemia Brewing. Fans unable to attend can still catch the game via Facebook Live.
Until then, enjoy this replay of Wednesday night:
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