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Skyforce Tops D-Fenders

Sioux Falls 98, Los Angeles 90

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 -- The Los Angeles D-Fenders suffered a tough loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 98-90, STAPLES Center on Wednesday.

Skyforce forward Andre Brown scored a lay-up early in the first quarter and Frank Williams buried a 3-pointer to give Sioux Falls some early momentum.

“I was really happy with the way we came out in the first half, I thought we came out and we really were in control of the game,” said Skyforce Head Coach McHone.

Los Angeles couldn’t get a foothold and ended the first quarter in a six-point hole.

Forward Luke Whitehead came off the bench hot for the Skyforce earning 13 of his 19 points in the quarter. D-Fenders guard Devin Green made a good showing in the first half with 13 points, but Los Angeles never regained a lead and took a backseat to the Skyforce closing the first half at 50-39.

“They came out, played hard and executed. They got us down early and we fought back but they just hit big shots down the stretch,” said Green.

The D-Fenders came out of halftime strong. Los Angeles forward Jackie Manual had a promising breakaway, but was foiled by Whitehead with a block at the basket. A jump shot from D-Fenders forward Aloysius Anagonye took the team to within one point of the Skyforce with 56-57.

The D-Fenders defense showed a surge, keeping the lead close until late in the final quarter. Sioux Falls guard Frank Williams had a standout final quarter going 3-for-4 on treys, 2-for-2 from the line, and put up 18 points. Williams finished the game with a double-double with 10 assists and 25 points.

“The Skyforce was very well prepared, they matched our intensity – surpassed it actually – and they won the hustle game. But I give our guys credit because we fought back from the deficit, we took a lead and then I think we lost our concentration a bit,” said D-Fenders Head Coach Panaggio. “But I give them credit because they kept their poise and I think the game came down to the last three minutes and they executed perfectly.”

The D-Fenders host Colorado Friday, November 10, before the Lakers game, at STAPLES Center with a 3:30 tip off. This will be Colorado’s first visit to Los Angeles and the second meeting for the two Western Conference teams.