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Skyforce Win Second Straight Over T-Birds

Sioux Falls 99, Albuquerque 89

Albuquerque, N.M., March 9 -- The Sioux Falls Skyforce soared to their second straight victory over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on Friday night, 99-89. Tony Bland registered an impressive double-double for the T-Birds with 23 points and 13 assists. †

Frank Williams led the Skyforce with 19 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Sioux Falls had five others score in double figures, including Damone Brown (13) and Amir Johnson (14). †

The Thunderbirds had four players other than Bland score in double figures, including Brandon Robinson, 17 points, Andreas Glyniadakis, 15 points, Steven Barber, 12 points and Chris Shumate, 11 points. Duane Erwin also helped out with a team-high 12 rebounds. †

Brown had nine of his points in the first quarter as the Skyforce shot 50 percent from the field helping to open up a 28-19 lead through one quarter of play. Sioux Falls out rebounded the Thunderbirds 17-8 in the quarter helping them outscore Albuquerque 22 to 12 in the paint. †

Sioux Falls continued to shoot well early in the second quarter stretching their lead to 16 at one point, before Albuquerquefound their touch. Robinson had nine points in the second quarter and Steven Barber came off the bench late to pitch in 7 more, helping the Thunderbirds pull within three at the half, 48-45. †

Robinson scored six of the Thunderbirdsí first nine points out of the locker room to give the Thunderbirds their first lead of the game early in the third quarter. The Skyforce battled back late in the quarter on the back of Stephen Grahamís seven points to take a 71-64 lead into the fourth quarter.† †

Sioux Falls continues their five game road trip this Sunday, March 11th in Bakersfield, CA. against the Jam; game time is set for 6 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.