Skyforce 104, Thunderbirds 95 (F)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Jan. 18 – The Sioux Falls Skyforce used a dominating second-half performance to extend their home winning streak to five games with a 104-95 win over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds Friday night. Carl Elliot led the way for the Skyforce as he posted a season-high 27 points.
“I just went out and played with confidence,” said Elliot. “The atmosphere of our home crowd really helps us.”
“(Elliot) has been a good player for us when he stays aggressive,” said Skyforce head coach Nate Tibbetts. “He’s been playing a lot better since we moved him to (point guard).”
After a hard fought back-and-forth first half of play, the Skyforce (9-14) came out of the locker room energized and didn’t look back. Sioux Falls outscored the Thunderbirds 32-18 in the third quarter, and held on to a large lead throughout the fourth.
Kasib Powell also played well offensively for Sioux Falls as he had 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. However, his defensive effort was probably more impressive. Powell held Phoenix Suns assignee Alando Tucker to 19 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Tucker is the D-Leauge’s second leading scorer averaging 27 points per game.
“We told Kasib to go out there and not let (Tucker) score points, and that’s what he did,” said Elliot.
Tucker still, however, led the Thunderbirds (8-11) in scoring while Cory Underwood added 18 points and five rebounds for Albuquerque.
Sioux Falls will remain at home tomorrow for a 7 p.m. game against Utah. Albuquerque will also play tomorrow as they travel to Bismarck to play the Wizards at 7 p.m.