Agua Caliente outlasts NAZ Suns, 120-107
NBA G League
PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns had high hopes of recording their second three-game winning streak of the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, March 12.
However, Agua Caliente Clippers center Angel Delgado had other ideas at Findlay Toyota Center.
Delgado’s monstrous double-double of 40 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and a steal lifted the Clippers to a 120-107 victory over the Suns, whose longest winning streak of the season came Jan. 12-19 in wins over Maine, Canton and Texas.
Agua Caliente, which remains in NBA G League playoff contention, outscored the Suns 29-18 in a lopsided fourth quarter to seal the win. Delgado’s 40 points marked a new career high, and he achieved the third 40-20 game in the G League this season.
With the victory, the Clippers improved their record to 24-21. They are a half-game back of the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Suns dropped to 11-35, which remains the worst record in the West.
The two teams were tied at 35-35 at the end of the first quarter. The Clippers carried a 70-64 lead into halftime and maintained a narrow 91-89 edge at the end of the third.
Five players scored in double figures for Agua Caliente, which shot 53 percent from the field (45 of 85) and converted 23 of 28 free throws for 82 percent.
Jerome Robinson followed Delgado with 24 points, six rebounds and two assists. Johnathan Motley had 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. Manu Lecomte (15 points, six assists) and Brandon Fields (11 points, three assists) aided in the effort.
For the Suns, point guard Retin Obasohan registered a team-high 30 points on 11 of 16 shooting and a perfect 8 for 8 from the charity stripe. He added five assists, five rebounds and a steal. It was the first 30-plus-point game of his pro career.
But it was not a good night of shooting for Northern Arizona overall. The Suns shot a paltry 43 percent (39 of 91) and a dismal 4 of 27 from 3-point range, despite draining 25 of 29 free throws (86 percent). In the fourth, the Suns went 4 of 19 (21 percent) from the floor and finished 0-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Hollis Thompson and Elie Okobo, a two-way guard with Phoenix, followed Obasohan with 19 points each. Thompson added four rebounds and a steal. Okobo had five assists and two steals. George King finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Northern Arizona Suns guards Peter Jok (left foot) and Jawun Evans (right hip) didn’t dress for Tuesday’s game. … Suns guard Daniel Dixon, who has missed most of the season due to injury, played 19 minutes on Tuesday, notching four points, three rebounds and an assist.
The Northern Arizona Suns have four games left in the regular season, all at Findlay Toyota Center. First, they play host to the Greensboro Swarm (22-22 record) at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15.
Agua Caliente visits the Texas Legends (15-31) at 5:30 p.m. March 15.
Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.