PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – It was clear there were going to be a lot of points scored at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Tuesday night.
The Northern Arizona Suns entered the game averaging the second most points in the league, while the South Bay Lakers entered scoring the fourth most points, shooting the second best percentage from the field and the best percentage from beyond the arc.
Points were what we got, as the Suns scored the most points in team history in their 148-144 loss in overtime to the Lakers.
This was the third time this season NAZ has scored 140+ points. The Suns also made a new team-record 53 field goals (52 at the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Nov. 23, 2016, in a double-overtime game).
South Bay (9-2) took a quick double-digit lead in the first quarter thanks to that great shooting. Both teams shot lights out in the second frame, with NAZ shooting 13-of-21 (.619) and South Bay a 14-of-22 (.636) clip. They each scored 37 points in the second quarter, and the Lakers took a 73-66 lead into the locker room after leading by as many as 18 points.
The Suns (5-7) dominated the third frame, forcing the Lakers to shoot 10-of-27 (.370) while shooting 16-of-29 (.552) themselves. The Suns outscored South Bay by 11 in the third to take a four-point lead into the final frame.
The fourth quarter went back and forth. The Suns led by six with 1:33 left to play, but Thomas Bryant, on assignment from Los Angeles, hit a three-pointer, and Scott Machado hit a three-pointer to combat Alec Peters’ free throws. After a missed Suns’ layup, Bryant tied the game with a layup with 17.4 seconds remaining. Josh Gray attempted a driving layup with 0.9 seconds left but it was off the mark. So both teams headed to overtime.
Askia Booker hit two free throws to begin the two-minute extra period, but that was answered by a Machado three-pointer. Xavier Silas then hit a long ball of his own, but again, it was answered by a Machado three-pointer. Machado would end up scoring all nine of South Bay’s points in overtime to lead them in the win.
He led all scorers with a career-high 39 points off the bench on 14-of-24 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, plus 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also tallied 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Travis Wear followed Machado with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-11 from distance, and nine rebounds. Bryant earned 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Alex Caruso (14 points, nine assists), Demarcus Holland (11 points, five rebounds, three assists) and V.J. Beachem (11 points) also tallied double-digit scoring games for South Bay.
Peters led the Suns with 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, to go with 10 rebounds. He achieved his third double-double on the season, a mark that ties Derrick Jones Jr. leading the team.
Shaquille Harrison came a point away from his career-high, notching 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting and six rebounds off the bench.
Gray earned a new career-high in assists with 13 on the night (11 vs. Sioux Falls on Nov. 27, 2016). He added 16 points and four steals for his first double-double on the year. Mike Young had the third double-double for NAZ with 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, to go with seven assists.
Booker (23 points, four assists) and Silas (22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-9 from distance) also earned big games for Northern Arizona.
The Suns now head west to face off against the Agua Caliente Clippers at 8 p.m. MT on Friday. South Bay goes back home for an 8 p.m. MT Friday night matchup against Sioux Falls.