The Santa Cruz Warriors’ woes continued in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday at the D-League Showcase Series.
The Warriors held a double-digit lead against the Austin Toros, but shooting troubles in the second half doomed them in a 96-78 loss.
The loss is Santa Cruz’s third straight as they fell to 9-5 on the season. It’s the first time this season they’ve lost as the designated home team, even though the game was played several hours from Kaiser Permanente Arena. Once up 18, the local squad eventually lost by 18.
The Warriors went ice cold in the fourth quarter, going 2 for 22. Five of their nine points in the quarter came by free throws.
Chris Johnson hit a jumper with 2:35 to go, ending the Warriors’ streak of 17 consecutive missed field goals in the quarter. But by then, the Warriors were already trailing 92-76.
The Warriors shot 31.2 percent from the field for the game.
Early on, nearly everything was dropping for Santa Cruz. After a 19-19 first quarter, the Warriors exploded for 34 second-quarter points to take a 53-35 lead into the break.
Austin came out of halftime on fire, going on a 7-0 run to start. From there, the Toros inched away at the Warriors’ lead. They finally got the lead with 30 seconds to go when Tyler Wilkerson tipped in a rebound, stretching his arm past two Warriors defenders, to give the Toros a 70-69 lead.
Austin forward Rick Jackson hit a layup with two seconds to go in the quarter to give the Toros a 72-69 advantage.
Taylor Griffin scored 17 points to lead the Warriors. Travis Leslie and Cameron Jones each had 10 points.
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