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Wizards Fly by Thunderbirds

Wizards 104, Thunderbirds 84 (F)

BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 19 -- Wizards forward Carlos Powell scored 27 points to help Dakota move to 15-8 on the season with a win over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 104 – 84 tonight at the Bismarck Civic Center.

The trend continued at home as the Wizards relied on their dominating defense and skilled rebounding to secure the win. D-League leading rebounder forward Rod Benson pulled down a game high 17 rebounds to help control the boards for Dakota as the Wizards out rebounded the Thunderbirds 48-34.

Dakota’s Pressure defense stymied the Thunderbirds into shooting only 39% from the floor on the evening. Forward Alando Tucker on assignment from the Phoenix Suns scored a game high 29 points, but only connecting on 11-28 attempts from the field.

“I’m really proud of our guys”, said Wizards head coach Duane Ticknor. “Playing our seventh game in eleven days isn’t easy, and our guys are showing what kind of players they really are”.

Wizards guard Dontell Jefferson followed up his 18 point performance on Friday against the Utah Flash with 21 points and six assists. Center Kevin Lyde recorded his third consecutive double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wizards look to extend their home winning streak to ten when they face the West Division power LA D-Fenders on Tuesday, with tip off scheduled for 7:00 CT. The Thunderbirds travel home to face the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Wednesday the 23rd.