Santa Cruz Warriors: Damian Jones scores 29 in loss to Iowa Wolves

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Andrew Wiggins
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Andrew Wiggins /

The Santa Cruz Warriors loss 97-105 to the Iowa Wolves at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

The Santa Cruz Warriors concluded their 4-game win streak on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena, losing 97-105 to the Iowa Wolves. The Sea Dubs drop to a 5-3 regular season record, which currently positions them with the second-best record in both the NBA G League’s Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Santa Cruz will head to Dr. Pepper Arena to face off against the Texas Legends in Frisco, TX on Tuesday. The Warriors will return home to Kaiser Permanente Arena on Friday to host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers before starting a 3-game road trip that will feature (in order) the Reno Bighorns, the Oklahoma City Blue and the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

On assignment from the Golden State Warriors, 7-foot big man Damian Jones led all scorers Sunday night at Wells Fargo Arena, finishing with 29 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes. He went 11-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Jones has appeared in all eight of Santa Cruz’s games this season, averaging a versatile 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game. He’s also been shooting 67.1 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line.

Georges Niang posted 19 points, two rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. He shot 8-of-15 from the field, 1-of-3 from behind the arc and and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He’s averaging 5.9 assists, which ranks second on the team behind Quinn Cook‘s 8.3.

On side note, Cook was notably absent for the second game in a row, as was Michael Gbinije and Alex Hamilton.

Damion Lee picked up the slack in the backcourt, contributing 18 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench. He shot 4-of-10 from the field, 3-of-8 from behind the arc and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

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James Southerland recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks on 6-of-17 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 shooting from long range. He played a team-high 43 minutes.