Austin 100, Sioux Falls 92
BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 16 -- In their first appearance at the 2008 D-League Showcase presented by adidas, the Austin Toros defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 100-92 on Wednesday. San Antonio Spurs assignee Ian Mahinmi closed the door on the Skyforce, scoring 12 of his 27 points in the last six minutes of the game.
The Toros led by eight (21-13) at the end of the first quarter. Sioux Falls forward Kasib Powell found foul trouble early with three just under the six minute mark. Mahinmi led all scores for the quarter with eight points. At the half, the Toros lead was again eight.
The first tie of the competition came at 6:16 in the third quarter when a Toros turnover and a quick basket by Skyforce guard David Bailey evened the game at 55. Solid shooting from Elton Nesbitt (5-of-7) kept the Skyforce close, but DerMarr Johnson answered (3-of-3) and the Toros led by five at the end of the third.
“I thought we played really good defense, particularly early in the game and we got a little bit of lead. I would have liked to see us charge to maintain that. We have a pretty deep team right now, so I think it’s a challenge for us to keep that intensity level high,” said Toros head coach Quin Snyder. “Everyone here wants to show well, and the best thing about this group is how well they play together.”
Six Toros finished in double digits: Ian Mahinmi (27), Keith Langford (19), Kris Lang (11), Justin Bowen (10), Cheyne Gadson (10), and Justin Reed (10).
Kasib Powell led Skyforce scoring with 26, Elton Nesbitt contributed 20 and David Bailey scored 18.
“I’m trying to be like a sponge and soak everything up, whether it’s good or bad,” said Skyforce head coach Nate Tibbets. “I’m trying to learn from it. It’s been a fun year so far our guys compete and play hard.”
The Toros (14-5) play the LA-Defenders Thursday in their final Showcase game. Sioux Falls(8-14) heads home to face the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on Friday night.