Santa Cruz tops Austin with late run

The Santa Cruz Warriors went on an 8-0 run to close the game as they topped the Austin Spurs 106-103 in an NBA Development League contest at the H-E-B Center on Thursday night.

James Southerland, Damian Jones and Phil Pressey each made field goals and Terrence Drisdom knocked down two free throws in the final 1:20 to seal the win for Santa Cruz.

Pressey scored 24 points to lead the Warriors in scoring while Jones added 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jones added four blocks and a steal.

The Spurs had six players score in double digits, led by Orlando Johnson’s 17.

Ryan Arcidiacono scored 16 points while Charles Garcia added 15 for the Spurs.

Daniel Nwaelele contributed 13 points as Livio Jean-Charles scored 12. Jean-Charles added five rebounds. Patricio Garino also had five rebounds in addition to 10 points.

Austin held just a one-point lead after the first quarter and led by two at halftime.

With the game tied at 98 with 2:17 left in the game the Spurs went on a 5-0 run to seemingly take control of the game.

Johnson made a shot to put Austin up two points before Nwaelele made a 3-pointer to give the Spurs a five-point lead with 1:27 left to play.

Nwaelele’s shot was the last time Austin scored in the game and Santa Cruz went on to score eight more points to take the win.

Southerland’s layup with 1:20 to go preceeded Jones’ putback that pulled the Warriors to within a point with 49.1 seconds left.

Pressey’s shot with 9.9 seconds left gave the Warriors the lead for good.

Jeff Ledbetter knocked down a 3-point shot for Austin, but the potentially game-tying play occurred after the buzzer.

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