Powell’s Big Night Propels Skyforce to Victory

Sioux Falls 115, Fort Wayne 109

March 6, 2008: Sioux Falls’ Kasib Powell was unstoppable for the Skyforce tonight, leading his team with 46 points and shooting 10-of-11 from behind the arc to give the Skyforce the 115-109 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the Memorial Coliseum.

Powell scored 17 points in the first quarter, shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point range to give the Skyforce a 13-point lead at the end of the first quarter. They would extend that lead to as many as 15 points in the second quarter and finished the first half ahead by 10.

Roderick Wilmont came off the bench in the second half, scoring 17 points to spark a late Mad Ants' run that cut the Skyforce lead to five with a little over two minutes to play, but Powell hit his tenth 3-pointer of the game with 2:00 remaining on the clock to the seal the deal for the Skyforce.

Powell shot 70% from the floor, making 17-of-24 to go along with his 90% 3-point percentage. Teammates Chris Alexander, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and David Bailey, who added 19 points, also came up big for the Skyforce.

The Mad Ants were led by the Indiana University duo of Wilmont and Earl Calloway. Calloway had another stellar night, recording his second double-double in a row with a team-high 27 points and 11 assists. Wilmont shot 8-of-12 from the floor and finished with 23 points. Pistons assignee Cheikh Samb added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in addition to a game-high six blocks.

The Mad Ants drop to 13-22 overall while the Skyforce improves their record to 22-18 and are now just 0.5 game out of first place in the Central Division.