The Santa Cruz Warriors lost steam late and lost to the Bakersfield Jam 102-95 on Monday night in Southern California.
It was the Warriors’ first loss this season after starting off 2-0.
Travis Leslie had 21 points to lead the Warriors.
There were 13 ties and 16 lead changes during the game.
The Warriors held a 92-90 lead with 3:58 to play when Stefhon Hannah passed to an open Maurice Baker, who nailed a jumper.
Bakersfield (3-1) then scored the next 12 points of the game to close it out.
Turnovers did in the Warriors, who had 30 in the game compared to Bakersfield’s 17.
The Warriors also were unable to get to the free-throw line much, as they had just seven trips and shot 10 for 14. They didn’t get to the free-throw line until 10:15 to play in the second quarter, when Mickell Gladness was fouled while shooting. He missed both attempts.
Bakersfield shot 27-for-34 from the free-throw line.
Santa Cruz had a lead for the majority of the first half. It had a 24-18 advantage with two minutes to play in the first half before Bakersfield got two free-throws and a layup at the buzzer.
Santa Cruz led 24-22 at half.
The Jam’s reserves kept the home team in the game. Renaldo Major and Jerel McNeal combined for 21 points off the bench. The Warriors didn’t have a reserve score more than nine points.
Gladness finished with 15 points, while Hannah and Taylor Griffin each had 12 points. Leslie also had 14 rebounds; he registered a double-double before the half.
A day earlier, the Warriors won their second against Reno, 95-79.
It was a similar scenario than their opener. Hours before tip, the Golden State Warriors’ seldom-used center Jeremy Tyler was assigned to the Warriors to get some playing time.
Tyler played 29 minutes, scoring five points, and the Warriors outscored Reno by 23 points while he was on the court. Moments after the game, Tyler rejoined Golden State, the big brother to Santa Cruz.
Hannah had a game-high 25 points in the win against Reno. Leslie put up 17 points, and Gladness had 13 rebounds to go with his eight points.
Santa Cruz will have three days off before going to downtown Los Angeles to face the D-Fenders on Friday and Saturday.
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