Frazier Jr. and Wolves Fend Off South Bay Rally in 125-121 Win

By John Meyer | March 20, 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Wolves held off a late rally attempt from the South Bay Lakers in a 125-121 win on Friday night in NBA G League action at Wells Fargo Arena.

Iowa (12-14) stopped a two-game losing streak and claimed the season series over South Bay (17-8). The victory helped the Wolves remain in contention for one of the remaining playoff spots in the Western Conference standings. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Lakers, who are in second place in the West.

Iowa’s Melvin Frazier Jr. poured in a season-high 29 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Isaiah Miller sparked the Wolves off the bench with 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Brandon Sampson and McKinley Wright IV each scored 17 points while Chris Silva just missed his own double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Mason Jones led South Bay with 25 points while Mac McClung finished with 23 points and nine assists.

Miller’s three-pointer from the right corner at the 9:53 mark in the fourth quarter put Iowa up 99-98. Iowa never relinquished the lead again, but South Bay didn’t go away without a fight despite falling behind by nine points twice. The Lakers pulled back to within three points with 17.1 seconds left but Frazier Jr. made four free throws after, and Wright IV added a pair to help hold off the comeback attempt. Frazier Jr. had 10 points in the final quarter of play.

Iowa started the game with a flurry, scoring the first eight points, with five coming from Frazier Jr. The Lakers made their own run tying the game at 14-all with McClung’s four-point play. The first quarter remained tight as the Wolves led by just one point at the end of the first, 36-35.

Wright sent Iowa into halftime with a 67-65 lead courtesy of a buzzer-beating three that was reviewed and upheld. Miller scored a team-high 16 points while Frazier Jr. had 15. McClung scored a game-high 18 points in the half while Bass chipped in 11 off the bench.

Frazier Jr. and Wright IV helped Iowa double its lead at 96-92 after three quarters as the duo each scored eight points in the third.

Iowa starts its final regular season road trip with an afternoon matinee at Sioux Falls on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.