Santa Cruz, Calif. In their first regular season matchup of the season, the Salt Lake City Stars (6-17) fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors (13-10), 113-104, at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Six Stars players scored in double figures. Sunidata Gaines had a team-high 23 points off the bench. Utah Jazz assignee Joel Bolomboy registered his eighth double-double in a Stars uniform with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while L.A. Clippers assignee Diamond Stone also notched a double-double, adding 13 points and 12 rebounds.
In a game that saw 12 lead changes and five ties, the Stars were unable to hold on down the stretch as Santa Cruz went on a 16-2 run midway through the fourth. Marcus Paige hit a corner three to tie the game with five minutes left, but Salt Lake City was never able to regain the lead.
The Stars have scored 100+ points in a season-high tying three straight games.
The Santa Cruz Warriors were led by James Sutherlands 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Golden State Warriors assignee Kevon Looney chipped in 18 points and 20 rebounds.
The Stars look to bounce back against the Santa Cruz Warriors in their back-to-back series tomorrow on Saturday, Jan. 14. The game can be seen via Facebook Live at 8 p.m. MT.