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Skyforce Drive Past Wizards to First Place in Central Division

Sioux Falls 117, Wizards 108

BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 25 -- The Sioux Falls Skyforce had six players finish in double figures in a win over the Dakota Wizards, 117-108, Monday night at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Led by forward Kasib Powell's 26 points and nine rebounds, the Skyforce vaulted past the Wizards for the fourth straight time in two weeks to take a 5-2 lead in the series.

“We are playing well right now,” said Skyforce coach Nate Tibbetts. “Our guys have really started to play well together and they trust each other. Our guys are playing team ball."

Sioux Falls (20-16) had three players finish with 18 points -- forward Michael Joiner, guard David Bailey and forward Carl Elliott. Chris Alexander grabbed his third straight double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

The Wizards (19-16) were led in scoring by guard Blake Ahearn, who had with 23 points. Two other Dakota starters finished with 18 points, forward Carlos Powell and guard Dontell Jefferson. Powell dished out seven assists while Jefferson neared a double-double with nine assists. Rod Benson doubled up with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

The same two teams face off again Wednesday. On Tuesday evening players from both teams will meet at Buffalo Wild Wings from 7-8 p.m. CT to talk with fans and sign autographs. For more information please call (701) 258-2255.