Sioux Falls 127, Anaheim 116
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., March 16 – Kasib Powell led the way for Sioux Falls Skyforce with 35 points while Michael Joiner and Elton Nesbitt each added season-highs of 30 to help the Skyforce end a two-game losing streak by beating the Anaheim Arsenal 127-116 on Sunday at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Skyforce hit 15 of 30 3-pointers in a game which they led the entire second half. Nesbitt hit six 3’s, five coming in the second quarter, while Joiner added four.
“All three of those guys played extremely well,” said Skyforce head coach Nate Tibbetts. “Sometimes you live and die by the three, and you hope when you hit 50 percent that you can get a win.”
Sioux Falls started fast as they usually do at home by jumping on top 9-0 in the first two and a half minutes. Anaheim responded and was eventually able to grab a hold of the lead for most of the second quarter before Nesbitt single-handedly took control and led Sioux Falls on a 16-5 run to end the first half.
Sioux Falls maintained their large lead for most of the second half, but Anaheim, led by center Marcus Campbell with 25 points, fought back and cut the lead to four with just over seven minutes to play. Powell took over from there scoring nine points in the final 3:21 as the Skyforce improved to 14-4 at home.
Sioux Falls will play its next six games at home as they trail the Central Division-leading Dakota Wizards by one and a half games.
“(Playing at home) is a huge key,” said Tibbetts. “We’ve been playing well here and we hope it continues.”
Including Campbell six players scored in double figures for Anaheim. Will Blalock added 19 while Mo Charlo chipped in with 16. Mike Efevberha also had 18 points off the bench in only his second game with the Arsenal.
Sioux Falls will host Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. Anaheim will play at Dakota on Tuesday at 7 p.m.