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Skyforce Ends Arkansas’ Win Streak

Sioux Falls 105, Arkansas 93

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Dec. 14 -- Sioux Falls newest addition Vincent Grier tallied 21 points to help Sioux Falls put an emphatic end to Arkansas’ five-game win streak with a 105-93 victory Thursday at the Sioux Falls Arena.

“He really brought a lot of energy,” Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Mo McHone said. “We didn’t know what to expect of him. He’s one of those guys that you could wake up at three o’clock in the morning and say let’s go play 48 minutes and he could do it.”

Forward Andre Brown lead the Skyforce (4-4) with 26 points and 11 rebounds, but it was Grier’s play in the second that broke the game open.

“I just tried to come in here and get in a groove,” Grier said. “Play off the players that have been playing here already.”

After a back-and-forth first quarter, Grier dumped in 10 points in the second. The guard’s ability to drive helped the Skyforce amass a 14-point lead in the quarter and take a 60-48 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

“He [Grier] is exactly what we needed,” McHone said. “We haven’t been very good at attacking the basket and that’s what he does great.”

The RimRockers (6-3) looked to make a game of it early in the fourth quarter as they cut the lead to three. Guard Clay Tucker heated up in the quarter to finish with 24 points and eight rebounds for Arkansas. However, as he’s done all season Brown took over in the fourth quarter. He propelled the Skyforce on a 12-2 run that sealed the victory.

Arkansas didn’t do much to help their cause as they shot 42 percent from the floor. That, combined with the Skyforce’s 68 points in the paint, doomed the RimRockers to their first loss in five games.

“They are the best shooting team in the league without question,” McHone said. “They are unusual for the D-League. They have six guys back from last year and they’ve been together for a year.”

Sioux Falls plays host to Arkansas again tomorrow night.