The Santa Cruz Warriors (4-4) fell to the Texas Legends (4-3) on Monday at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas, 113-107.
Warriors center Deyonta Davis logged 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in 25 minutes tonight. Guard Jeremy Pargo scored 17 points and dished a game-high 14 assists while guard Andrew Harrison scored a team-high 20 points, his second 20-point night off the bench this season.
The Legends were led by reserve guard Trahson Burrell, who had a season-high 23 points to go with six rebounds. Reserve center Aric Holman established new season-highs of 18 points, with four made 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench. Center Chad Brown also logged a new season-high with 17 rebounds tonight in just 23 minutes.
Despite falling behind by 10 points early in the matchup, Harrison’s 3-pointers at the end of the first quarter gave Santa Cruz its first lead of the night, 28-27.
The two teams battled to a 56-56 tie at halftime, with Burrell scoring 10 points while Davis poured in a season-high eight second quarter points for the Sea Dubs.
The Legends took the lead in the third quarter thanks to 15 combined points by Burrell (8) and Holman (7), despite Warriors guard Nick Zeisloft hitting three triples in one stretch. A late 9-2 Warriors run brought the game to a 105-105 tie with 2:39 remaining, but an 8-2 Legends run that started with two-way guard Antonius Cleveland’s putback layup and ended with three Nate Mason free throws finalized the Texas victory.
Santa Cruz defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday at Bert Ogden Arena, 126-109.
The Warriors offense established new season-highs with 126 points on 54.4 percent shooting (43-of-79 FG) and 51.9 percent shooting from behind the arc (14-of-27 3FG).
All ten Warriors scared at least seven points tonight, with guard Devyn Marble logging a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds in his first start of the season.
Guard Andrew Harrison had 16 points off the bench tonight, giving the Texas native his three-highest scoring games of the season in his home state.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers were led by Denver Nuggets assignment player Jarred Vanderbilt’s 24 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Forward Jaron Blossomgame added 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and guard Angel Rodriguez added 13 points and ten assists in a game-high 39 minutes.
The Warriors will return to Northern California to host a Black Friday game against the Iowa Wolves at Kaiser Permanente Arena Friday at 7 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This article will be published in the Nov. 27 edition of The Pajaronian.