Anaheim 90, Sioux Falls 84
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Feb. 3 -- Forward Jawad Williams scored 26 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to propel the Anaheim Arsenal to a come-from-behind victory, 90-84, over the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the Sioux Falls Arena Saturday night.
“Jawad has been our unsung hero,” Anaheim head coach Reggie Geary said. “The points we know we’re going to get from him, but tonight he was big on the boards.”
With the win the Arsenal improved to 4-1 under interim head coach Geary and 14-16 on the year. The Skyforce lost their fourth straight and drops to 15-13.
“Guys are coming together as a team now,” Williams said. “Before they were playing as individuals instead of as a team. Now everybody is playing as hard as they can for as long as they can. We just go out there and get the job done.”
The Arsenal was down much of the game, including 14 early in the first. However, Anaheim mounted an 18-4 run to start the fourth and the Skyforce never recovered.
“I told them to stay the course,” Geary said. “We got in the transition and got some easy buckets.”
Guard Andre Owens had another big night for Anaheim, recording a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Daryl Dorsey and Corsley Edwards each contributed 11.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well as the Arsenal hit just 28-of-82 shots (34 percent) while the Skyforce connected on 31-of-93 (33 percent). Those totals include an abysmal second quarter in which both teams hit droughts.
Anaheim converted only 2-of-24 shots (eight percent) in the quarter, hitting their first field goal with 3:07 left. Sioux Falls wasn’t much better as they hit 3-of-18 (16 percent). Fifteen total fouls in the quarter helped both teams find points from the foul line.
Center Jared Reiner recorded his fourth straight double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Skyforce. Stephen Graham added 16 while Eddy Fobbs and Damone Brown had 15 and 14, respectively.
The Skyforce continue their home stand against the Los Angeles D-Fenders Friday at 7 p.m. Anaheim hosts the Bakersfield Jam at 7 p.m. Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center.