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Iowa Claims Thrilling Win over Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 29 -- In back to back nights the Iowa Energy came from behind and used a fourth quarter surge to defeat a Central Division rival on their home court, as the Energy defeated the Dakota Wizards, 106-103, at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Courtney Sims paced the Energy with 23 points and 12 rebounds in his second straight double-double, while guard Curtis Stinson also recorded a double-double of his own with 12 points and 12 boards to go along with five assists.

“It was a typical first game of the season,” said Wizards head coach Duane Ticknor. “We limited our turnovers and shared the ball well with 23 assists, but it’s tough to beat a good team like Iowa when you only shoot 40 percent on the night.”

Wizards' forward Renaldo Major had a successful return with 19 points and connected on a big three-point basket with 1:03 remaining to cut the Energy lead to one, 104-103. A late foul by forward Quemont Greer put Cartier Martin at the line for the Energy to go up 106-103. A last-second attempt by Greer to tie the game was unsuccessful.

The Wizards finished with six players in double digits paced by Greer’s double double -- 11 points and 10 rebounds. Maurice Baker racked up 16 points, while dishing out eight assists. Hamed Haddadi, assigned to Dakota from the Memphis Grizzlies, had 14 points off the bench in the loss.