Nothing Going for D-League Suns in Loss to Warriors

17 December 2016   Jake Withee
Northern Arizona loses second straight to Santa Cruz, falls to 10-3 on the season

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Northern Arizona Suns had a completely different starting lineup this time around facing the Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday night, but they saw the same result that happened last time these two teams played on Wednesday.

Three of the Suns starters for that first game against Santa Cruz were recalled by their parent club, the Phoenix Suns, and with their leading scorer Askia Booker still out with a groin injury, it was clear the Suns were going to start a little differently.

Josh Gray, Shaquille Harrison, Xavier Silas, Elijah Millsap and Johnny O’Bryant earned the nod to begin the game, and the Suns found themselves up early in Santa Cruz at 16-9 in this one. The Suns never recovered after the Warriors closed the opening frame on a 14-0 run, and fell to the Warriors in consecutive games, this time 113-89.

The Suns fall to 10-3 on the season, and it was their worst loss on the year. For the first time this season, the Suns were unable to score at least 90 points, and for just the second time all year, the Suns allowed more than 110 points, with their other game being a double-overtime affair against the Los Angles D-Fenders on Nov. 23.

Gray led all scorers with 28 points, and added eight assists to his totals. O’Bryant also finished over the 20-point mark, recording 21 points and nine rebounds. Just one other Suns player, Millsap, finished in double-digit scoring (13 points, six rebounds and three blocks).

Six Warriors finished with 10 or more points, including LaDontae Henton, who played his first game with Santa Cruz after being officially acquired hours before the contest. He led the team with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Suns return home after just a one-game road trip and play the Texas Legends on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Warriors will travel to Iowa to play the Energy on Tuesday, with tip off scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.