SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 22 – The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the defending Central Division champion Dakota Wizards 103-99 Saturday at Tea Area High School in the first local preseason game in franchise history.
Rookie forward Gary Forbes scored a game-high 24 points, while Frank Williams added 18 points and Chris Alexander pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
After a tight first quarter, Dakota tied the score at 25 just thirty seconds into the second. The Skyforce then went on a 14-5 run to gain a 10-point lead with 7:25 to play in the half and led 50-37 at halftime.
The Wizards would not challenge for the lead again until late in the fourth quarter when a lay-up by Denham Brown cut it to 99-96 with 15 seconds left in the game. It was too little too late though as Sioux Falls held on for a 103-99 victory over the border rival.
Sioux Falls opens the regular season at home on Friday against the Iowa Energy at 7 p.m. Dakota will open their season against the Energy at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.