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August 17, 2022

Santa Cruz Warriors hold off NBA G League Ignite in exhibition action 

SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz Warriors guard LJ Figueroa was lights-out coming off the bench and recorded a double-double to help the Sea Dubs to victory Monday night. 

Figueroa finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds in a 110-98 win against the NBA G League Ignite in front of the home crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Golden State Warriors two-way forward Quinndary Weatherspoon added 13 points and eight rebounds, and forward Jerome Robinson finished with a team-high 16 points and three rebounds for Santa Cruz.

The Ignite closed out the first quarter with a 21-18 lead over the Sea Dubs. Santa Cruz took a 12-point lead at one point in the second quarter, but the Ignite was able cut the deficit to 56-51 heading into halftime. 

The Warriors built a comfortable 91-74 lead heading into the final stanza and they never looked back. 

Ignite guard Jaden Hardy finished with a game-high 26 points and eight rebounds, and teammate Scoot Henderson added 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Warriors (8-12) were coming off a 118-94 win against the Birmingham Squadron (10-8) on Saturday. Weatherspoon led the Sea Dubs with 23 points and added six rebounds and five assists. 

Robinson also had a big night, finishing with 20 points and three rebounds, and center Selom Mawugbe closed out the night with a career-best 17 points to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks.

Santa Cruz will travel to Stockton to take on the Stockton Kings (10-10) on Wednesday at 7pm. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and NBC Sports Bay Area.  

Juan Reyes
A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.

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