Sioux Falls 111, Albuquerque 96
Albuquerque, N.M., March 8 -- The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 111-96 Friday night snapping the T-Birds seven-game winning streak. The Skyforce were led in scoring by Frank Williams' 30 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
The game included a handful of technical fouls and four ejections for the Thunderbirds. Coach Cooper was ejected in the 3rd quarter for arguing with an official. Andreas Glyniadakis was ejected early in the fourth for conduct. With two minutes remaining in the game, Thunderbirds Assistant Coach Joe Harge and forward Brandon Robinson were ejected for taunting.
Sioux Falls had five players score in double-digits including Robert Hite's 21 points off the bench, Stephen Graham pitched in 16 points and Elton Nesbitt had another 17 for the Skyforce.
Robinson led five Thunderbird players in double-digits with 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Duane Erwin had 15 points and 9 rebounds, Dijon Thompson had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Chris Rodgers set the tempo early in the first quarter, pushing the ball down the court at a blistering pace. The Thunderbirds were able to open up the game on a 13-7 run and hold off the Skyforce to lead by five after one quarter, 28-23.
Sioux Falls opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run and outscored the Thunderbirds 31-20 in the quarter to take a 54-48 lead into the half. Williams led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting.
The Thunderbirds came out of the locker on a hot streak before Brandon Robinson was knocked hard to the court by former Thunderbird Eddy Fobbs. Following the collision, Robinson lay motionless on the court for five minutes before walking off under his own power. Despite several attempts by the Thunderbirds to foul and stop the clock while Robinson lay on the court, play continued. When the clock finally stopped, Thunderbirds Head Coach Michael Cooper was called for a technical foul and ejected for arguing with an official. Sioux Falls maintained their composure and extended their lead to 10 after three quarters.
These two teams square off again tomorrow, Friday, March 9th. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. Following tomorrows game, Fans will be able to meet and get autographs from famous New Mexico Boxers like Ray Sanchez III.