|Ognjen Kuzmic slams home the putback dunk for the Warriors. He tallied 23 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks while shooting 11-14 from the field.|
The Santa Cruz Warriors wasted no time getting themselves into any holes this time. After having to come from behind in their first-round home playoff game, the Sea Dubs jumped out to a 30-13 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They led by 18 after the first, 21 at halftime, 20 after three, and the final score was 135-104.
The Warriors were in control from the beginning thanks to solid efforts up and down their roster. Cam Jones led Santa Cruz with 24 points. Seth Curry had 22 and Lance Goulbourne had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Mychel Thompson scored 13 points to go along with five steals and two blocks. Stephon Hannah had 15 and Daniel Nwaelele had 10.
Santa Cruz shot 52% and held RGV to 42% shooting. The Vipers' normally potent three-point attack was held to a subpar 28% while the Warriors shot 33% from behind the arc.
Santa Cruz will head to Rio Grande Valley to play out the rest of the series. Game two is Saturday night.