SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Warriors' latest win in downtown was filled with some last-second drama.
The Erie Bayhawks missed two at-the-rim attempts to take the lead, and the Warriors survived 96-95 on Sunday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
With one final defensive stand, the Warriors' flawless record at 140 Front St. remained intact.
With 4.4 seconds remaining after the Bayhawks took back-to-back timeouts, they got the ball and inbounded it to D.J. Kennedy inside the paint. He turned and tried to float the ball in, but the ball tipped around the rim. A second Bayhawks player soared in to tap the ball, but the force was a little bit too much, and the ball came out just as time ran out.
It's the second one-point game the Warriors have played this season, and the locals prevailed both times. With the victory, the Warriors improve to 14-7 and set up a first-place showdown with the Bakersfield Jam on Monday night in Santa Cruz.
Seven different players scored in double digits for the Warriors and it was fairly close between the seven. Jeremy Tyler, on assignment by the Golden State Warriors, led the way with 15 points and a couple of rim-rocking dunks. Taylor Griffin had 13 points and was also a part of the dunkfest, get a behind-the-back pass from Stefhon Hannah early in the game.
Darington Hobson tallied 12 points in the game and had a key three-pointer to start the fourth quarter. With the Warriors going in leading 76-75, Hannah set up Hobson for a three-pointer, and it went in, giving the home crowd a 79-75 lead. After Erie tried to answer with a three and couldn't, Daniel Nwaelele raced down the court with the ball. He spotted up for a three-pointer, and it kissed the rim as it went down, boosting Santa Cruz's lead to 82-75.
Following an Erie timeout, Hobson got a block. He came down with the rest of the Warriors with the ball and set up Mickell Gladness for a dunk.
The Warriors were up nine and looked to be on their way, but Erie answered back and chipped away at the lead.
Hannah powered Santa Cruz with five points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals.For the complete article see the 01-22-2013 issue.
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