Bakersfield, CA., March 11 -- The Bakersfield Jam was unable to make a comeback Sunday evening as the Sioux Falls Skyforce downed the Jam 106–98 in Bakersfield before a crowd of 1,069. Sioux Falls was led by Amir Johnson of the Detroit Pistons who posted 24 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
The Skyforce jumped out to a quick start on Sunday, going on a 22–2 run in the first quarter, and leading by as much as 26 points. Hard, fundamentally sound play combined with Bakersfield only shooting 17 percent from the field in the quarter propelled Sioux Falls to their 23rd victory of the season.
“We just got down too far too early,” said Jam coach Jim Harrick. “We shot the ball very poorly in the first quarter, when we shot only 17percent. We did play well in the other three quarters, though. We were able to outscore Sioux Falls in each of them.”
Sunday’s loss extended Bakersfield’s losing streak to 5 games, and dropped the team to a record of 13–27. Kevinn Pinkney was the leading scorer for the Jam, putting up 16 points and 7 rebounds. Patrick O’Bryant of the Golden State Warriors added 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The victory for Sioux Falls improves their record to 23–16. Frank Williams had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Skyforce, while Robert Hite added 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.