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Williams, Jones Propel Skyforce Past Energy

Skyforce 121, Energy 101

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Mar. 5 – The Sioux Falls Skyforce’s Frank Williams and Bobby Jones combined for 62 points Thursday night at the Sioux Falls Arena as the Skyforce defeated the Central Division-leading Iowa Energy by a score of 121-101.

The Skyforce (20-17) trailed 57-48 at half, and the game looked to be a repeat of Tuesday night’s loss to the Energy. But Sioux Falls outscored Iowa 44-18 in the third quarter to take a 92-75 lead. Williams scored 19 points in the third quarter alone.

The Energy (21-13) was unable to answer in the fourth quarter and Sioux Falls walked away with the victory. Iowa was outrebounded 51-36 in the loss and committed 18 turnovers.

“We really stepped up to the challenge tonight,” Skyforce head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “Our guys knew this was a big game and they were able to bounce back. It was definitely a good win.”

Williams netted 32 points for the Skyforce and Jones had an all-around night with 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Kasib Powell added 18 points while David Bailey recorded a double-double with 12 points and a season-high 10 assists.

Leading the Energy were Courtney Sims and Curtis Stinson who each contributed 23 points. Sims also pulled down 12 rebounds.

The Skyforce will travel to Erie tomorrow for a 6 p.m. CT showdown with the BayHawks. The Energy will head to Bismarck, N.D. where they will take on the Dakota Wizards on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.