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Skyforce Completes Sweep of Idaho
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Dec. 1 - Five Skyforce players scored in double figures to help Sioux Falls complete their home sweep of the Idaho Stampede with a 100-94 win Friday in NBA D-League action at the Sioux Falls Arena.
Forward Andre Brown led Sioux Falls (2-2) to victory for the second night in a row as he notched his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Brown piled up the stats, but Sioux Falls got an balanced effort behind forward Jeff Varem who finished with 21 points. Guard Frank Williams chipped in 17, DeSean Hadley had 11 and forward Luke Whitehead came off the bench with 18.
"We came out with a lot more energy tonight," Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Mo McHone said. "Our defense was pretty good at times tonight."
Idaho (0-5) was led by guards David Jackson and Randy Livingston who had 20 and 17 points, respectively.
"They went small too tonight," McHone said. "We were really having troubles with Ramos early."
Ramos scored seven points early in a back-and-forth first quarter that featured eight lead changes. However, Ramos sat much of the second quarter and Sioux Falls slowly pulled away thanks to 12 second-quarter points from Whitehead. Idaho, however, didn�t help its cause with seven turnovers and eight personal fouls in the second. The Stampede shot just 36 percent (13-for-36) from the floor in the first half.
Idaho looked to make a game of it midway through the third when it tied the game at 58. Livingston and Jackson combined for 15 in the quarter thanks in part to 10 Skyforce fouls. An inside presence of 10 points and three blocked shots, including two by forward Joe Dabbert, allowed Sioux Falls to pull away again and end the third up 73-67.
Just like Thursday night, Brown took over in the fourth with nine points and several clutch free throws.
"We'll probably play Andre till he drops," McHone said. "He probably won't be here very long in Sioux Falls. I'll play him as much as I can so everybody can see just how good he is."
Sioux Falls travels to Bakersfield on Sunday, while Idaho visits Colorado.