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Bakersfield Grabs First Win Against Sioux Falls

Bakersfield 87, Sioux Falls 86

Bakersfield, Dec. 3 -- Kevinn Pinkney scored 23 points and collected six rebounds as the Bakersfield Jam defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 87-86, ending Bakersfield’s losing streak Sunday night at the Rabobank Arena. Skyforce forward Andre Brown turned in a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

“We came out and played team basketball and we got our first win,” said Jam forward Kevinn Pinkney. “You have to play 48 minutes of basketball and we did tonight.”

Shawn Daniels, formerly on the Sioux Falls roster and now playing for the Jam is proving to be an asset to his hometown team.

“Shawn Daniels made a big difference tonight,” Jam assistant coach and former NBA star Sean Rooks said. “He has patience and a good head on his shoulder.”

The Skyforce dominated the first three quarters, at one time leading by 16 points, but with 7 turnovers in the last quarter, Sioux Falls fell short.

“They played zone the whole second half and we knew what we had to do,” Skyforce head coach Morris McHone said. “We lost by turning the ball over and making silly plays and that is what upsets me the most.”

Skyforce forward DeSean Hadley scored 15 points and Jam forward Mike Dean contributed 14 points