Austin Spurs take one of two in weekend home stand


The Austin Spurs took one out of two games in last weekends home stand against the Oklahoma City Blue and South Bay Lakers at HEB Center at Cedar Park. The Spurs knocked off Oklahoma City on Friday night, 107-87, but fell to South Bay 113-96 on Saturday.

The NBA G-League affiliate of five-time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs now sit at 5-3, atop the Southwest Division of professional basketball's premier development league.

Jaron Blossomgame, San Antonio's 2017 second-round NBA Draft selection, led the way with 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field. The rookie from Clemson tallied eight rebounds and an assist in the Austin victory on Friday night against Oklahoma City.

The Spurs stormed out of the gate with a 12-3 first quarter run and never relinquished the lead. Strong defensive play — holding Oklahoma City to 43 percent shooting and just 5-for-28 from outside — gave Austin the support its offense needed.

Darrun Hilliard, on a two-way contract with San Antonio, hit three three-pointers, chipping in 21 points and 10 assists. The former Detroit Pistons guard has appeared in three games with the San Antonio Spurs this season. The Blue, the G-League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, fell to 2-3 despite forward Rashaun Thomas' 16 points.

In Saturday's matchup against South Bay, the Spurs took some time to get going, but eventually made some headway and had the win within striking distance at the end of the third quarter, down 81-78. However, a dismal final frame made way for the Lakers — primary affiliates of the Los Angeles Lakers — to get the win 113-96.

The Lakers outscored the Spurs by a 32-18 clip in the fourth, including a 30-8 run to essentially put the game away. Blossomgame recorded another double-double in the loss as the Spurs starter dropped 18 points and tallied 10 rebounds. Olivier Hanlen notched 17 points in the Saturday defeat.

Former Texas A&M Aggies standout and Central Texas native Alex Caruso put on a show in the South Bay victory, with 18 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists.

The Spurs take on the Northern Arizona Suns and Salt Lake City Stars this week before facing the Agua Caliente Clippers at AT&T Center in San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:30pm. Austin returns to HEB Center at Cedar Park on Dec. 1 to play the Texas Legends.