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Ignite losing streak extended to six with loss to South Bay

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

Ignite forward Efe Abogidi is acknowledged by teammates during his 23-point, 15-rebound performance against the Lakers. Photo Credit: Duna Haigler

The G-League Ignite lost their sixth game in a row as Sunday’s defeat came at the hands of the South Bay Lakers by a final score of 112-106.

The story of the game for the Ignite was ball security, or lack thereof. The Ignite turned the ball over 28 times in this one and as one could imagine, head coach Jason Hart did not let it go unnoticed.

“I thought with a couple less turnovers, the game could be different,” he said. “Twenty-eight turnovers and everyone on the team had a turnover which hurt us today. 28 turnovers meant we didn’t get to shoot the ball 28 times.”

At one point in the fourth quarter, South Bay used a 22-4 run over a seven-minute stretch which gave the Lakers the lead. The eventual win came after trailing the Ignite by nine at the start of the run.

“I think it’s just execution down the stretch,” guard Mojave King said. “We’ve lost a couple games down the stretch now that have been really close. We’ve got to get involved without fouling which will take away from their run and then just execute on offense.”

The loss moves this losing streak for the Ignite up to six games and drops their record to 3-10 on the season. The Ignite now trail Salt Lake City by two games in the West standings and are seven and a half games back of first place Ontario.

The next time the Ignite will take the court will be on Tuesday, Dec. 6 as they wrap up a four-game homestand. Tuesday’s opponent will be a rematch with the South Bay Lakers. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Ignite forward Efe Abogidi faces up during the team's 112-106 loss to the South Bay Lakers. Photo Credit: Duna Haigler

Forward Efe Abogidi led the way for the Ignite with 23 points and 15 rebounds. He played 26 minutes tonight which were all coming off the bench.

Abogidi has only started five of the 13 games he has played this year and hasn’t started since mid-November.

“He was resilient and he kept on going,” Hart said. “He’s been kind of having a tough time lately. I’ve been coaching him really, really, really hard and he responded to the coaching. He came out and played really well. 26 minutes, 23 points, 15 rebounds, he kept us in the game.”

A total of seven Ignite players scored in double figure scoring and every Ignite player that checked into the game scored.

There were 18 lead changes in this one including six in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

After some physical play towards the end of the third quarter, Ignite guard Pooh Jeter was ejected after he picked up his second technical foul of the game. Both of Jeter’s technicals came in the final two minutes of the quarter.

There were a total of four technical fouls called on the Ignite. Two of them went to Jeter, one went to center Eric Mika, and one was assessed to Hart.

All four of these technicals came within a five and a half minute span.

Former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Bryce Hamilton was in the building for the first time since declaring for the NBA Draft earlier this spring. Hamilton started for the South Bay Lakers and finished his night with 21 points, eight rebounds, and four steals.

South Bay guard Bryce Hamilton flies in for the dunk at The Dollar Loan Center. Photo Credit: Duna Haigler


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