The Santa Cruz Warriors split a pair of back-to-back home games this past weekend, defeating the Reno Bighorns 95-85 before falling to the Canton Charge, 104-85.
Dewayne Dedmon had another monster game, scoring a season high 27 points on 12-15 shooting while hauling in 19 rebounds. He was on fire with his jumper and was crashing the boards on offense, creating second-chance point opportunities for himself and his teammates. Daniel Nwaelele contributed 17 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Warriors had four players in double figures. They took the lead on a Dedmon hook shot at the 5:27 mark in the first quarter and did not trail for the rest of the game.
The next evening, however, nearly the opposite happened as the Warriors fell behind at the 9:17 mark in the first quarter and never caught up. The Canton Charge (10-5) hit 13 of 17 first-quarter field goal attempts en route to an extremely efficient victory. With the loss, Santa Cruz fell to 10-8 on the year, good for second place in their division.
The Warriors made two personnel moves on Saturday, waiving Taylor Griffin due to a season-ending injury and signing forward Dominic McGuire. McGuire has played six seasons in the NBA for various teams, recording 84 career starts. He tallied 16 points and 6 rebounds in his debut.
The Warriors will be back in action this Friday at the Kaiser Permanente Arena against the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 P.M.