Fort Worth 109, Sioux Falls 106
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Feb. 25 -- Kevin Burleson posted 24 points and 11 assists to propel the Fort Worth Flyers over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 109-106, in overtime at the Sioux Falls Arena Sunday.
The win snaps a four-game skid for the Flyers and gives them breathing room in the battle for playoff position in the Eastern division. Fort Worth (19-12) is now two and half games up on Sioux Falls (17-15).
"It's a big win because what we're trying to do is not only keep pace ahead of the Skyforce, but catch up with Dakota," Fort Worth coach Sidney Moncrief said. "We need to enjoy this win tonight and focus on being competitive on Tuesday."
Fort Worth dominated much of the game, amassing a lead of as many as 17 in the second quarter.
"The way we started the game was the difference," Moncrief said. "We set the tone. We wanted to play aggressive."
Sioux Falls wouldn't go quietly into the night, though. The Skyforce slowly trimmed the lead, finally taking the lead with 3:52 left in the fourth. They looked to be set for a come-from-behind victory until Fort Worth's Corey Santee hit a buzzer-beater field goal to send the game to overtime.
"We had some ups and downs but we kept our composure," Moncrief said. "They have a good team. They never stop fighting. Our guys just kept grinding and we were able to get a lot of people contributing."
Guard Jeremy Richardson led Fort Worth scorers with 25 points while Deji Akindele contributed 17. Ndudi Ebi added 16. Fort Worth won despite being outrebounded 60-39, including 24-6 on the offensive glass.
The Skyforce came off a 12-day layoff and showed some rust early. The team connected on 39-of-97 (40 percent) field goal attempts and went 19-of-36 (52 percent) from the charity stripe. Guard Frank Williams scored 27 points and collected nine rebounds to go with a double-double from Stephen Graham. Graham had 23 points and 13 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Robert Hite added 20 off the bench and Eddy Fobbs had 10.