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Santa Cruz wins season opener over Bighorns

Posted: Saturday, Dec 1st, 2012

Kent Bazemore didnít see much action as a Golden State Warrior, so he was sent down to the D-League to get some playing time.

Bazemore made the most of it Friday night, as he helped the Santa Cruz Warriors beat the Reno Bighorns 101-95 to win their first game of the 2012-13 season.

Bazemore scored a game-high 27 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds.

He only played 10 minutes all season with Golden State before being told hours before tip-off that the Oakland NBA squad was sending him to its minor-league franchise. He arrived in Reno just in time for tip-off.

Bazemore was originally signed by Golden State after scoring 8.5 points a game in the NBA Summer League.

He gave Santa Cruz its first-ever lead, going in for a layup with 9:46 to play in the first quarter.

His layup off an assist by Stefhon Hannah with 6:47 to play in the quarter gave the Warriors at 10-9 lead. They did not trail the rest of the way, and their lead grew to as big as 15 at one point.

Six players scored in double figures for the Warriors. Starting forward Taylor Griffin and reserve forward Lance Goulbourne each had 12 points. Cameron Jones and Travis Leslie each had 10 points.

Hannah, already in the D-League records for several notable moments and awards, will forever be in the Santa Cruz books, as he scored the teamís first two points of the season. He finished with 11 points.

The Warriors shot 46.4 percent from the field compared to Renoís 39 percent. Threes helped keep Reno in the game, as it nailed 12 of 35.

There were only three lead changes, all coming in the opening minutes of the game.

The Warriors went into halftime leading 56-43.

Trailing 91-78, Reno went on a 14-2 run to get to within 93-92 with about a minute to play. But a Hannah jumper and a Griffin three sealed the contest.

The game was the Warriorsí first of seven on the road to start the season. They will meet Reno again on Sunday before playing Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Idaho.

Several Warriors fans were spotted at the game wearing the teamís apparel and supporting the franchise once known as the Dakota Wizards.

For the complete article see the 12-01-2012 issue.

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