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NBA G League Showcase 2022 Results: Scores, Highlights, Stats from Consolation Games

Doric SamDecember 21, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 21: Josh Christopher #9 and Mustapha Heron #7 of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers celebrate against the Iowa Wolves during the 2022-23 G League Winter Showcase on December 21, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Richard Prepetit/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA G League Showcase is nearing its end after another day of action on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Ahead of Thursday's Showcase Cup championship game between the Ontario Clippers and Windy City Bulls, a pair of consolation games were played between the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Iowa Wolves plus the South Bay Lakers and the College Park Skyhawks.

All four teams fell short of the chance to compete for the $100,000 grand prize, but they still put forth their best efforts.

Here's a look at the results and a recap of some of the highlights from Wednesday:


Showcase Cup Consolation Game Results

No. 2 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 125, No. 5 Iowa Wolves 119

No. 1 South Bay Lakers 115, No. 3 College Park Skyhawks 113


Wednesday Recap

The Iowa Wolves looked to be well on their way to victory when they jumped out to a 66-51 halftime lead over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Wednesday. However, the Vipers refused to go down easily despite trailing by as many as 26 and facing a 16-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

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Jordan Bohannon with BACK-TO-BACK three-pointers for the <a href="https://twitter.com/iawolves?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@iawolves</a>! ๐ŸŽฏ<br><br>This is why he's the NCAA's fourth all-time leader in 3PT-made. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATTWinterShowcase?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATTWinterShowcase</a> <a href="https://t.co/I1hQYVA0No">pic.twitter.com/I1hQYVA0No</a>

Rio Grande Valley outscored Iowa 41-19 in the final frame in an improbable comeback to reach the target score of 125. Josh Christopher led the Vipers with 28 points while Jalen Lecque added 23 points off the bench.

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THE <a href="https://twitter.com/RGVVipers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RGVVipers</a> WERE DOWN 16 POINTS TO START THE 4Q! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ<br><br>Lou King just gave them the lead with the Target Score nearing on ESPN+.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATTWinterShowcase?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATTWinterShowcase</a> <a href="https://t.co/xCbmPtI8Fw">pic.twitter.com/xCbmPtI8Fw</a>

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JOSH CHRISTOPHER FOR THE WINโ€ผ๏ธ<br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/RGVVipers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RGVVipers</a> just completed an EPIC 26-point comeback over the Wolves at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATTWinterShowcase?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATTWinterShowcase</a>. <br><br>THIS GAME WAS MADNESS! <a href="https://t.co/AWSCY11oqz">pic.twitter.com/AWSCY11oqz</a>

D.J. Carton led the Wolves with 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting and PJ Dozier finished with 21 points. The Vipers also got 19 points from Louis King and 18 points from Trevor Hudgins.

Wednesday's gritty comeback win will undoubtedly serve as a confidence boost for Rio Grande Valley going forward.

As the top seed in the Showcase Cup, the South Bay Lakers were surely disappointed to be playing in a consolation game, and it showed with a sluggish first half against the College Park Skyhawks. The Lakers trailed 67-63 at halftime after surrendering 38 points in the second quarter alone.

South Bay managed to adjust on defense in the second half to keep things close. Things looked bleak when College Park was two points away from the target score of 115 while holding a seven-point lead. However, the Lakers closed the game on a 9-0 run to secure the win.

South Bay Lakers @SouthBayLakers

DC with backโœŒ๏ธ back triples.<a href="https://twitter.com/devin_cannady3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@devin_cannady3</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SBLakers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SBLakers</a> <a href="https://t.co/xZFuYB4uHm">pic.twitter.com/xZFuYB4uHm</a>

Devin Cannady led South Bay with 22 points while Bryce Hamilton and Fabian White Jr. added 19 points apiece. Shaquille Harrison came close to a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Jarrett Culver had a game-high 24 points for the Skyhawks.